So you’re thinking about applying to become a Pangara Talent
but you’re not quite sure if you’re ready to commit. We spoke to one of our very first Pangara Talents as an IT freelancer, Jerry Pham and asked him about his experience. Jerry takes us through his experience with Pangara, his thoughts on the latest IT trends and the future of tech for Vietnam.
How would you describe Pangara’s recruitment process?
The recruitment process
is rather complicated but I think it should be. We only need to complete the process once at the beginning to become a Pangara Talent as an IT freelancer. Afterwards, the process becomes much simpler. We still need to interview with clients for each new project but I think this is necessary as an IT freelancer. We need to know who we are going to work with, what kind of project, and so on.
What has your experience been like working with Pangara?
I think it’s going well so far. I have a very helpful and friendly support team from Pangara to make sure everything is on track. Pangara cares about both the client and the IT freelancers and it really makes the overall process beneficial for both parties.
What was your first freelance job with Pangara?
My first IT freelancer job with Pangara started in May 2016. The project consisted of using social networks as data sources to be analysed when then produced scores based on their results.
The client was a startup. They were very friendly and very prepared. It’s extremely useful working with startup clients, learning about the whole process, and being able to explore various freelance jobs.
What do you like most about Pangara?
Pangara’s team is friendly and provides positive support throughout the whole process. I like the way Pangara keeps everyone on track and keeps a clear communication
between the clients and the IT developers. They help keep everything balanced. Not to mention, the pay rate is pretty attractive too.
Any tips/advice you would give to other freelancers starting out in the tech industry?
If you are new to working as an IT freelancer, an organisation like Pangara is the best freelancer site for you. You only need to know how to get the project done, all of the in-between details are taken care of for you.
Another tip is to be confident in your estimations when it comes to projects. Be realistic when clients ask you how long it will take you to complete a project. This will help you build your trademark in the freelance world as someone who sticks to their deadlines. And be prepared to lose a lot of sleep! Freelancers work on their own time schedules so if you procrastinate, you won’t be getting a whole lot of sleep along the way!
How would you describe the latest IT trends in Vietnam? How is it changing?
There are booming trends in technology all over the world, but especially in Vietnam. I think it will become even more popular in the near future. Today is the age of start-ups. With more startups come the need for more tech-savvy people. A handful of startup companies are investing in Vietnam today and this is great motivation for IT developers here to adapt to these growing trends in technology.
What do you think Vietnam’s tech industry will be like in 10 years?
It’s hard to tell but I think it will become extremely developed and advanced. Working with international clients is one of the many ways to pave our way into the industry and this is crucial for us for the next 10 years. Especially when it comes to the young, talented, and ambitious freelancers who may want to start their own business down the line.
Jerry has been an IT freelancer developer for nearly 8 years. He mainly works with PHP which is used to build websites and web apps.