Career switch: from accountant to OutSystems developer

Career switch

Getting started right away, that’s what OutSystems is all about. The low-code platform intrigued Joris and he decided to quit his career in accounting. Just a couple of weeks after we hired him, he already worked on an OutSystems project at a client. A successful career switch!

Joris Deckers graduated as an accountant at Hogeschool PXL in Hasselt. He started working for an accountancy firm with a clear goal in mind. Before he would reach the age of 30, he wanted to be either a partner at the firm or the managing director of his own business.

“As time progressed, I got a little bored”, Joris admits. “Accounting moves in circles, with reports due at the end of each month, each quarter and each year. It just wasn’t for me, I guess.” Joris started thinking about a completely different career path. “I studied accounting and IT in secondary school. I had always had a soft spot for IT, but had never really thought of it as something to pursue in my professional life.”

Talking about it with a long-time friend who works at Providit, Joris got an invitation to join one of the company’s meetups. “That’s how I got in touch”, Joris continued. “What I learned there about OutSystems really intrigued me– and low-code in general.” In fact, Joris went on to take several online OutSystems courses and kept coming back to Providit’s meet-ups. He decided for a career switch.

Accessible framework

After six months, Joris made up his mind and formally applied for a job at Providit. “The online courses gave me a head start. When I joined the company, I followed some extra training. But then again, OutSystems is a very accessible development framework. So after a couple of weeks, I was already at work at a client, rewriting and expanding existing applications in OutSystems.”

Joris experienced first-hand how the OutSystems platform allows young developers to get started right away. “Once you understand the concept and find your way around the basics, it’s easy to make progress really quickly. And whenever I get stuck or have a question, I turn to my colleagues at Providit, or ask for advice in the worldwide online OutSystems community.”

Found out yourself

Sounds interesting? Well, finding out what OutSystems has in store, is something that you test quite easily. “Do what I did”, Joris advised. “There’s lots of data online you can start working with. If you have an idea for a cool application, just play around with OutSystems for a day or two, and you’ll easily see if the technology appeals to you or not.”

As for Joris, he found at Providit what he was looking for. “Working here has little to do with traditional software development”, Joris concluded. “These days, a business looking into an opportunity needs a new application fast, to be sure the opportunity isn’t long gone by the time the application is ready – and also to be faster than the competition. In that sense, software development in general is shifting more and more towards low-code.”

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