Alex Popescu shares his career journey at Centric - why he started here, why he chose to leave, and ultimately, what made him decide to come back.
My career started not at Centric, but at another company as a C++ developer summer intern. During the internship I had the opportunity to see if programming, specifically back end, is something I would like to do for the rest of my life. I quickly found that going home after a day as an intern, I felt very tired and drained. It wasn’t because the work was too difficult or stressful, it was that I was feeling psychologically drained from this type of work. This was not the kind of feeling I wanted to leave work with every day.
After this internship experience, I received a call from someone at Centric – a front-end developer who knew that the design team was looking for an intern, a person to pass some work to and help develop their career. I had some design experience, first as a hobby, then as a freelancer in logo and web design, so I had some skills, but not as a career. Being an intern at Centric would give me the opportunity to have a job in the field.
After the internship, I joined Centric as a full-time employee. I was only the second UI/UX designer at Centric Romania and I collaborated on a project- an HR & Payroll solution for Dutch customers - with the other designer in Romania (who was also my mentor), as well as a designer in the Netherlands. I really enjoyed working on this project. I learned from the challenges of working with multiple development teams, preparing designs in advance to make sure all the teams had what they needed, and working in collaboration with front-end developers.