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How to become a professional?

Sagy Galor
7 March, 2024

Hello everyone! I’m Sagy Galor, the CTO at The Portland Trust. I’m excited to share some of the insights I’ve gained through my journey as a software engineer, team leader, and solution architect.

So, you’re young, fresh out of university, and eager to work in high-tech? We have some tips for you!

High-tech is currently the most sought-after field, known for its high salaries, exceptional conditions, and a dynamic, youthful culture. It’s no surprise that many aspire to software careers and enroll in courses aiming to secure a prestigious position in high-tech. However, landing that first job can be tough, especially for young people from the social or geographical periphery. With youngsters from the Israeli Arab society, this challenge is partly due to the experience gap faced by those who have recently finished their studies or are at the early stages of their professional careers, often a few years younger than their Jewish peers at the university. Job interviews can be intimidating, particularly for those who are not fluent in the language or are reluctant to even attempt them.

The Portland Trust has a wealth of experience in preparing young engineers for their first position. We offer specialized programs for young graduates from the Arab Society in Israel, keen on entering high-tech, providing professional training, and coaching to help you excel in job interviews. However, the most crucial step you can take is to adopt an attitude of professionalism!! that is, striving to the best in whatever you do at any given time.

Thinking back on my first job interview, I realized I was unprepared and that stressed me out. However, I decided to commit fully, focusing on doing my best rather than the outcome. Success would be great, but even failure would mean I had given it my all and learned something. So, I did my best to understand the company and how I could contribute effectively. I reviewed numerous coding questions (from books 😊), selected a suitable outfit, organized my documents, and arrived early. My aim was to demonstrate my readiness and eagerness to join the team in a relaxed manner. We each have our own style in getting ourselves ready, yet some things are universally effective.

Here are some tips to develop a professional demeanor:

  • Be curious: Always strive to learn new things, whether through technology blogs like “Geektime” or “The Information,” exploring new technologies through online courses or workshops, or keeping up with the latest innovations on sites like “TechCrunch” or “VentureBeat.” Lifelong learning is essential for success.
  • Be proactive: Don’t wait for tasks to be assigned to you. Seek out new challenges and be ready to contribute. For instance, if you’re part of a development team, suggest testing new features, fixing bugs, or writing documentation. Always be the first to raise your hand and say, “I will do it.”
  • Be thorough: Stick to deadlines, complete tasks efficiently, and keep your work neat and organized. Make sure you understand all task requirements before starting and create a detailed work plan. Keeping things tidy and staying sharp not only gets your work across the finish line on time but also bumps up the quality of what you’re shipping out. Plus, it ups your chances of clocking out on schedule, saving you from late-night bug hunts that pop up when you least expected them.
  • Be a team player: Collaboration is essential in tech. Work closely with your team, share insights, tackle problems together, and be open to feedback. After all, you’re spending most of your day with these folks. Keeping things friendly and fostering a positive vibe not only pushes the project forward but also makes starting your day something to look forward to.

Adopting these pro skills can do wonders for landing a job in tech and paving the way for a successful career. High-tech companies are always looking for talented, driven, and professional individuals. Showcasing these qualities can greatly enhance your chances of success, and let you do it with a bit of flair.

Wishing you the best of luck!


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