mindit chats with Tudor Ardelean: “You work differently when you’re happy. You work better”
December 21, 2022
Vlad Teodorescu Birla

Dorin Ciocian tagged his fellow Arad person from our team to share his thoughts about mindit.io, work, and life in general.

Let’s see what Tudor Ardelean is made of in the latest mindit chats series!  

1. What's something that happened to you that can only happen here? What's a unique part about working here?  

I like mindit.io’s expansion phase a lot. For a young person like myself, who’s always looking to learn more and to grow professionally, this place offers you all the necessary opportunities to become your best self possible.  

You work differently when you’re happy. You work better. mindit.io creates such an environment where your work with pleasure, surrounded by awesome people who are always willing to help.

Not only that, but you also get to talk about football, gaming, movies, and anything else you have in common with your team, and you are encouraged to build your own style of working, which I find to be truly awesome.  

2. How have you grown professionally while on our team?  

I’ve been a part of mindit.io for close to 1 year now, and for me, it was a huge change, compared to my previous workplace. Sure, I had knowledge about most of the technologies I work with today, or have encountered here, but at mindit.io I got the chance to take things to the next level.

The most important thing, in my opinion, is to form your algorithmic thinking and then practice. Practice, practice, practice, because practice makes perfect.  

I felt that whenever I had a question, no matter how silly, I could always ask someone, and I always got the help I needed. I’ve learned this type of thinking and to be resourceful at mindit.io, and I can honestly say that I find this style of work to be perfectly matched to my own way of doing things.  

3. What was the moment you knew you'd made the right decision to work here?  

I came to mindit.io from a large corporation and the first thing I would say is that working at mindit.io, as opposed to a multinational company, makes a world of difference.  

I’m really glad that I landed here because I got to see with my own eyes a Romanian organization that actually puts people first. You’re treated as a human and you are listened to, and you’re not just another random number or HR statistic.  

Whenever I have an idea, feedback, or some thoughts about a process that could be improved, I feel like I always have someone to go to, to share what I have to say, and I’m always listened to. You’re not lost in a bureaucratic process, and everything here is straightforward.  

4. How would you describe an ideal day at work?  

A personal achievement for me since I joined mindit.io is that now I wake up at 8:00 AM. I have my daily call at 11:30, and since I wake up at 8, that gives me a lot of time to think about what I have to do for the day, have my coffee, and simply look over the upcoming tasks.  

I started to really enjoy working this way, starting early because I feel I’m the most productive during this period of the day.  

Also, watching the sunrise with a hot cup of coffee in your hands, on a chilly morning, is not a bad way to start the day.

5. What is your team like?  

When I joined the team, I really had no expectations of coming across such amazing, friendly, and helpful people. Everybody was really welcoming and kind, and I immediately got along with all the team members.  

From managers to mentors, to other colleagues, and newcomers, we all get along because we help each other and we create a friendly working environment.  

I even had the opportunity to be someone’s buddy, and that was a fantastic learning experience for me, and I hope that for him as well. He decided to completely reinvent himself professionally, and switched to software development, which is a decision I salute and congratulate him for taking on the challenge!

He’s a really fast learner, and at mindit.io, I think he landed in the perfect spot for taking the fast track in terms of self and professional development.

All in all, when it comes to our team chemistry, I think we’re 100% on the same page.  

6. Which benefits are your favorite and why?  

I’ve always been an advocate for flexibility when it comes to building your own schedule and choosing where you want to work from.

minditNomad, for example, is a perfect benefit for people who want to choose when and where to work, and mindit.io is all about offering us the freedom of choice.  

This way, everyone can set their own style of work and build a schedule around their lifestyle, which is extraordinary in my opinion.  

I’m also really fond of all the training, workshops, and learning material we have here at mindit.io, because we’re a knowledge-sharing environment, and all these benefits are in line with the process of growing together and becoming better professionals, and better humans.  

7. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining mindit.io?  

Just do it! That’s exactly what I would tell anyone thinking about joining our team. Everyone should have the desire and should aspire to work in a better place. At mindit.io, I’m sure you’ll find just that and more.  

Don’t be afraid to try, because the opportunities you’ll find here will be a real game-changer in your career. Head over to our Careers page, check out our OPEN ROLES, and apply today! You’re really missing out on something great, something unique.  

8. If you could do anything else for a living, in an alternative universe, what would that be?   

When I was little, I wanted to become a policeman. But not just any regular policeman. I wanted to be a detective, solve crimes, and be involved in complicated investigations.

I guess programming is like detective work in a way because we’re all looking to solve problems. It’s just different types of problems we’re dealing with.

However, both my parents are math teachers, and you can only imagine that I took the IT route by default. It’s never too late to change domains, but I love what I’m doing too much to even consider switching to something else at the moment.  

9. What movie, book, or TV show would you recommend? How do you relax and unwind?   

I’m a big gaming fan, and I play a lot whenever I get the chance. I love FIFA. That’s probably my number-one choice in terms of games.

Also, I’m a big Star Wars fan and I’ve seen all the movies, series, and anything related to this universe. Whenever I want to relax and unwind, I grab a snack and tune in to some TV shows, watch a football match, and especially now, since Argentina and Messi have won the World Cup, you could say that I’m quite happy about that.  

I got the chance to witness history in the making, all while enjoying my hobbies and relaxing at home.  

10. Who would you tag next to be interviewed by us?    

I’d like to tag Alexandru Jipa for the courage to choose a professional reconversion to software development, which is not a task most people would add to their plate.

I’ve always congratulated him for his decision and for being a really fast learner like I’ve previously mentioned, and now I want to hear how he sees the IT world.  

Alexandru, TAG, you’re it!

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