JJ people have set up a Java Development Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and are looking for people to join them to become professional software developers writing Java code for clients spread across Europe, Canada and North America.
They look to have a very sweet deal: basically, you sign up with them to receive FREE training in java. After you complete introductory level training, they will pay you to learn with them following which they will then offer you a three year as a java developer working with their clients from Europe and North America. Now, I don’t know about you but that does sound too good to be true.
Guess what? It’s not too good to be true. This is the real deal. In my view it’s the quickest and easiest path to becoming a software developer (and get paid while doing it). I have the good fortune to have a good friend currently in the JJ people program and he agreed to an interview. So without much further ado, I bring to you, Paul.
How did you find JJ People?
I found the JJ people opportunity through the help of my big sister. She saw the advertisement in the newspaper, and knowing how much I enjoy using computers, she suggested I sign up. So she helped me draft a letter which I sent through email with my CV attached.
How easy was it to get in?
Getting in was easy, the hard part was waiting for my username and password. I remember I waited for a month, calling the JJ people HR Manager everyday asking about my username and password. After two weeks, I had lost hope of joining. After four months, I finally got the email from JJ people and that same night, I finished the first module.
What is your experience like?
When I frist went to the office(situated at Augustana College Building – on your way to Karen along Ngong Road), I saw all these older people, very active at researching and coding. I knew it had been some time since I did Java, but I always have preferred it over any other programming language. So that same day, I had to borrow a huge book on Java programming from a friend. Since I was coming to the office once a week, it took me two months to finish the second module(Java fundamentals) as I was studying Java all over again. After finishing that module, it was easy street.
At JJ people you meet all kinds of people. Those who have had years of experience in Java, those who are starting out. T hose who are in it for the money (eventually most have quit midway module two). At the main office, you get to meet those who have gone through the whole training and are know either Senior developers, Developers or trainees doing projects for the company. The training has helped me think outside the box more when it comes to java. This is my 4th week at JJ people and what I’ve learnt, no university or college in Kenya can match.
Best moment so far?
I don’t think I have had a particular best moment at JJ people because everyday, walking into that office and sitting at my laptop is a good moment for me. At JJ People, not everyone is the “serious type”. You will find the IT Manager, Mr John Dickerson, talking to students and sometimes complaining out loud. But with the friendly environment comes work. You must work hard to achieve that 3 year contract you want with JJ People.
Worst moment so far?
Once when I was the only one caught on facebook (people are supposed to be working and not chatting. Yet half the room was on facebook). Also another time when I was accused of copying someones idea. Sincerely, if the question read the same, they also gave the names of the methods to use………to me, it’s not copying, I simply learnt from the person’s idea.
Any advice for people looking to join?
If anyone wants to join, join. But I must warn you, join if you know what you want. If you have a passion for Java and you want to further develop it, join. There will be people greater at Java than you, but in the end its all about understanding because later on, you apply what you have learnt in previous tasks.
What do you hope to achieve at JJ people?
I joined JJ people because I wanted to learn. That is my main reason after which is the pay. But all in all, my dream job is working at EA(Electronic Arts) in Europe. So my next part-time task is learning 3D programming and 3D animation. I find a job to learn more than to earn. Most of the cases people quit jobs because of the pay and not because of the skills they acquire.
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