Arda Okay

The ambitious one

"I want to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible" " 

Arda, apprentice IT specialist for application development

Career at PASS

  • Since 2023 – apprenticeship as IT specialist for application development

Tell us, why did you decide to do an apprenticeship in IT?

I've been programming since I was 13, which is why it was clear to me after the 10th grade at Miltenberg secondary school that I wanted to turn my hobby into a career. For this reason, I went to the vocational school for IT professions the following year. I really wanted to do an apprenticeship at a company that was active in the software industry. That's why PASS was the best option for me. In the end, I ended up training as an IT specialist for application development in the PASS Business Unit Travel.

What are your most important tasks at the moment?

As I already had a lot of prior knowledge, I was able to start developing my own software straight away. This included:

  • The creation of various UML diagrams, such as:
    Use case diagrams, activity diagrams, class diagrams etc.
  • Maintaining a detailed specification sheet for the software in accordance with a template
  • The independent development of the software
  • The selection of frameworks, libraries and modules
  • Setting up SQL servers
  • Ensuring the quality of the code through JUnit tests
  • The planning, development and design of a GUI

How did the first few months of your apprenticeship go?

The induction was very uncomplicated and pleasant. Everyone was helpful and courteous when we had questions.

What is important to you in your work?

I want to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. The independent way of working enables me to do this perfectly. Thanks to the flexitime model, I can also find a great balance between work and free time.

What soft skills are important in your job?

Self-management, together with communication skills, is clearly the most important. You have to be able to accept the next tasks independently and be able to explain complex technical contexts simply. A willingness to learn is also very important in the long term, because technologies are constantly evolving and only those who have mastered them can really achieve anything.

If your job were a sport, what would it be?

Chess, because it requires strategic thinking and planning. In addition, both activities require precision, logic and the ability to solve complex problems.

What makes PASS special for you?

The opportunity to develop the way you want in the long term.

What do you like about your team?

My team masters the balancing act of teaching technical and professional content perfectly and also managed to adapt to my current level of knowledge in a very short time when I started my training.

Do you have a tip for someone new to your job at PASS?

Learn to be self-taught. If you can do that, there's nothing you can't do. Then it's only a question of how long it takes you, not whether you can do it. What's more, once you've completed your training, you'll always have to learn new technologies and know how to use them.

What can your boss learn from you?

I believe that as a young and new employee I have a different view of design trends, e.g. in the context of GUIs etc.. I would like to contribute this.

Are there any special experiences that you associate with PASS?

My team and colleagues from HR worked together to ensure that I was allowed to shorten my training because I already had so much prior knowledge. I am very grateful for that!