Iva Nikolova Backend Developer


Successful story from an intern who got hired in the company and now she is celebrating her 2 years of work anniversary, meet Iva Nikolova.

  1. Iva,why did you apply for the internship?

I graduated at the faculty of Information and Communication Technologies the day before I started as an intern here in Unlimited Coders. The IT industry is really big, it has a lot of different industry groups that are further divided into industries and sub-industries. While I was studying I was so confused because I didn’t really know what I would like to work after I graduate. When I saw this opportunity, it was really challenging for me to start the next day after graduation and start focusing on one area of the IT industry.


  1. Why do you want to work in this industry?

I learned the basics of data structure, database design, virtualization and cloud computing, sensor networks and systems, etc. All of those things are different industries or sub-industries, so you still don’t know what is that one thing that you would like to dedicate yourself to. We come across websites every day. I knew the basics of how the websites were made and I liked being part of that process, especially the backend process that makes the things work. Because the frontend and backend are connected, I needed to first start with the frontend but I quickly switched to backend, because that was my wish from the beginning.



  1. What are your strengths?

Analysing a situation or problem using reason and coming up with potential solutions. I love to use my  logic while debugging the code.


  1. What's something that you did outside your comfort zone that you're glad you did?

Working from home during covid and solving my bugs alone because I didn’t have my colleagues to ask them every hour for a solution :D . That was the first time I felt confident that I know what I am doing and I learned a lot, and that I can solve the problem alone.


  1. What's the best (physical) environment for you to code in?

Over the long term, if we are speaking about projects that require teamwork, the office is an ideal environment for coding and being most productive. Also the office is good because of the spontaneously afterwork time spent with your colleagues. But it is also good for me from time to time to work from home in my pyjamas, or in the summertime from some seaside beach ‘office’.



  1. How many cups of coffee do you drink throughout a normal development day?

I drink two cups of coffee a day.





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  1. What moments when you're programming make you think "Wow, I love my job/field so damn much."

When I solve the problem after debugging all day :D .
Also when I was coding while looking at the sea and sitting on the beach, it was so peaceful.


  1. From this point, what 3 pieces of advice would you give yourself when you first became a developer?

Believe you can, and you are halfway there.


  1. Are there any podcasts, books, or inspirations you swear by?

Inspirational podcasts or books - not for me. I’ve learned from watching a lot of tutorials. The best way for me still to date is learning from my colleagues - watching them code, and collaborating while they help me solve my bug.



  1. What is your mantra?

Amor fati - Love of one’s fate. You feel that everything happens with purpose, and that it is up to you to make this purpose something positive and active. Love your fate, which is in fact your life.



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