First Career Days at Toschas Labs

How I started my carrier, what I learned and what I didn’t learn while I was working at Toschas Labs, small software company in Belgrade. I was working at Toschas Labs as junior web developer for one year, from Septembar 2013 – Septembar 2014.

How I got the job?

As a beginner with no work experience and without university it was not so easy to find a job as a programmer. When you have no experience and no university, only thing that can help you get hired are your skills and experience based on your personal projects.  Fortunately, I had one project that I was working with on. My first web based project in WordPress helped me to learn basic web development and to get a job as junior developer.

How was it?

Most of my time at Toschas I was outsourcing for Swiss based client building Single Page Applications. Most of the applications were SaaS products.

On front-end I was developing in AngularJS, Bootstrap, HTML and CSS. Back-end was running on PHP Symfony framework. Database was MySQL with help of Doctrine ORM.

I felt a lot of pressure because of constants deadlines. I think this is the common problem that all outsourcing companies have.


“Ivan can you just come for a second” moments

What I learned?

I had luck that Milos and Maja, the company founders, were following the new technologies and with their help I was learning them too.

The pressure was there but you need know how to handle it and that’s how I learned. Because of that pressure I had improved my programming skills. You really learn when you are knockdown.

Looking backwards…

As Jack Ma says…

Go to a small company. Normally, in a big company, it is good to learn processing; you are part of a big machine. But when you go to a small company, you learn the passion, you learn the dreams. You learn to do a lot of things at one time. So before 30 years old, it’s not which company you go to, it’s which boss you follow. A good boss teaches you differently.

Without knowing this, now I realized that I learned a lot of things to do and not just one process.


Full stack web developer with business mindset. Blogging about technology, business and entrepreneurship from personal experience.

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