It's impossible to name one factor driving growth of the Armenian IT sector. Many developers mention that basis for successful tech carer is established at an early age. Armenia is the only country in the world where children have obligatory chess classes
since second grade. The game develops algorithmic thinking and teaches to solve multi-layered problems. Nune:
"I'm from IT family. At first, my sister and I played chess and when we were 12 years old we started coding in C++. Our dad was our coach. Then came university and studies at the faculties related to computer science and the first job. At the moment I'm a team lead at VOLO. Chess has always been a respected sport in Armenia. Chess and programming are distinguishing features of Armenian IT sector."
Every year in the country more than 7,000 people or 9% of all undergrads study on the IT related faculties. In addition, a lot of people attend professional courses or get their education at the technology centers. But IT is a sphere one should really love to be successful in.
"The industry's active growth directly or indirectly affects everyone involved in it. Now the industry grows and develops very fast, a lot of conferences and forums take place in the country. We meet new people, extend our network which in turn simplifies the process of finding a new team members or a new job. I like attending conferences and public speaking events, they give you a chance to understand the direction sector is heading to and help to assess your own knowledge and position in the industry.
If you want to achieve more in the industry it's crucial to develop both hard and soft skills, then finding a good job and a company won't be a problem. If you are a good specialist, of course. There is a big difference between people who work in IT because they love it and those who switch to the field because of the high salary. It's usually difficult for the latter to find a good company, as often they are mediocre professionals and motivated only by money."