19 February 2018 ... min. read Listen

Radu Enuca

Walk us through your career path in ING (from your first role to the current one)

My first contact with ING was in 2008 as an external consultant when I gave a training about developing BizTalk solutions and also working with very nice people (now colleagues) to implementing what we learned. Joining the ranks happened in 2013, so 4+ years ago (or 4 years, 8 months and 2 days for my kind of people).

The official role that ING gave me when I started didn't change that much (maybe the title, from Team Lead to Chapter Lead): create and lead a team of passionate software developers. But I don't believe in sticking to the position you are given so I took another role: coaching and mentoring people outside the team and even outside the organization (as a {Dev}School trainer), and here is where the evolution still happens.

How it’s Life @ ING? (especially from a learning experience point of view)

ING puts a lot of emphasis on learning for novices, one example is the {Dev}School where I’m teaching the front end stream. What I would like to see in the software development market is more learning opportunities for people with more experience (10+ years). You need to learn at all stages of your career and it is proven that people perform better when they are trying something new.

How would you explain your role as a Chapter Lead to a 7-year-old?

Most of the times I’m the teacher, but also the school principal and even the janitor. I guess a first grader can relate to that (in all sort of ways).

If you were to recommend ING to a friend, what would you say about the organisation?

I don't need to do that with most of my friends because they already work at ING, but for the sake of the exercise: fun, weird (in a good way),  transparent, open and diverse.

If you were to save the world with an app…

There are billions of apps already and they are called books. Saving the planet should be a by-product of increasing the education level throughout the globe (or we can organize Miss Universe once a week and we solve World Hunger and achieve World Peace at the same time… priorities). :-)

Let’s say you wrote your first SF book. What would you call it?

"Why 42. An autobiography"

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