This year marks Ryno Viljoens’ 10th year working with Elemental Web Solutions. We couldn’t be more thrilled about where he has come and the exciting future that lies ahead. In recognition of this momentous occasion, we asked Ryno a couple of interview questions to find out more about himself and his experience working at Elemental.
A Q&A with Ryno
Q: So what do you do at Elemental?
A: I’m a Full-Stack Developer but my duties mostly include backend and API development.
Q: How would you say Elemental has impacted your skills and growth over the last 10 years
A: In the first couple of years, Jerry and Angelo have taught me the fundamentals of coding which was the base I needed to grow as a developer.
I have also been allowed to develop my skills by being able to fail in a safe environment. This has allowed me to grow and develop as both a Developer and a person.
Q: what would you say is the biggest lesson you have learnt in the 10 years at elemental?
A: Honestly I have no idea how to answer this. What would be considered a lesson? “Don’t be afraid to ask questions” I guess that could be an answer. I’m not really sure. We are often afraid to ask questions because we fear the possibility of it being a “stupid” one. The culture at Elemental is one of rather ask and learn. There is no question that is dumb.
Q: You’ve been working at Elemental for 10 years now. What makes you stay?
A: The work environment. Everyone is really friendly and easy to get along with, it makes working at Elemental so much more enjoyable. I think a positive working environment is important for the company culture.
Q: What piece of advice would you give yourself when you first became a Developer?
A: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and never assume anything.
Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Elemental?
A: The ability to work on awesome projects and brands that cover multiple code basis which keeps me learning and I can’t get bored. This challenges me often which is important. My work is never mundane or boring.
Q: What advice would you give someone looking for a new dev job?
A: If you’re asked to do an evaluation treat it as a real project. If you wouldn’t present the end product to a client then it’s not ready.
That wraps our interview with Ryno.
Our Staff play a vital role here at Elemental which is why we make a big deal of their anniversaries. We believe that even though work is important, that we need to take the time to savour these moments. Our culture is to invest in our staff and help them grow in all facets of their lives. It isn’t just work it is these finer moments too.