Back in 2016, the SoundCloud People Team collaborated with engineering management in an effort to bring more junior engineers into the company. The result was DeveloperBridge, a paid junior engineering program that ran for 12 months and was based out of our Berlin headquarters.
Trainees gained hands-on experience under the guidance of our engineers, and by working on a variety of assignments in selected teams, they became familiar with different types of engineering tasks and technologies. This, in turn, helped them develop a feel for the areas they enjoyed working in the most. The overall aim of the program was to help the participants develop and then hire them afterward into full-time roles at SoundCloud, while improving diversity in Engineering at the same time.
Now with their traineeship year coming to a close, we’ve asked the participants to reflect on the experience, what they learned, how they feel about their accomplishments, and where they see themselves headed next in their careers as software engineers.