Android Academy

– participant’s outlook

Jakub Nalepa


What are your impressions after the Academy? 

I’m positively surprised, above all. I didn’t expect it to take this form and be conducted so well. The Academy was of high quality, and the organization itself was adequate. 

Did the Academy meet your expectations? 

I didn’t have high demands; I wanted to gain as much knowledge as possible, and that’s exactly what happened. Thanks to Przemek and Marcin, I learned a lot. 

What was the biggest challenge for you during the Academy? 

I think it was the learning itself, the technology, and the Android platform, which, in my opinion, is not the easiest one. There were challenging moments when I felt overwhelmed, but it turned out to be a positive experience. Thanks to that, my colleagues and I were able to learn more. 

What was the biggest advantage of the Academy? 

The fact that SafetyHeads organized such an undertaking is amazing. The Academy project was announced nationwide, and initially, there were plenty of volunteers. Later, 11 people were selected for the project, scattered all over Poland. I think organizing such an event truly requires sacrifices. 

Have you noticed progress in your Android skills? 

Yes, these six months were a turning point for me. After mentoring from Przemek and Marcin, I can now see new paths; it has clarified many things for me and given me more confidence. Now I truly feel that I know more. Thanks to this Academy, I had the opportunity to work on a fairly large commercial project. I’m very pleased with that because having the chance to participate in something like this is worth its weight in gold. 

Do you think the Academy will help you in finding a job in the Android technology field? 

Yes, definitely. This experience is very valuable, especially in the IT industry. Sometimes my friends ask me if it’s possible to enter the IT field without experience… and it’s challenging. However, thanks to this Academy, it is actually possible to gain that experience. 

Would you recommend the Academy to others? Why? 

Absolutely, because you can learn a lot. Moreover, you can build many contacts, such as mentors, Academy organizers, and other participants. It’s not just about programming; it also teaches communication skills and how to break the ice as a developer. I think it’s very necessary in getting comfortable with what we do. 

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