In Dmytro Panin’s experience, the more he gives to others, the more he gains. His Levi9 journey started in 2013, when he joined as a Medior Java Developer. 


“It was my first Dutch company and they worked very differently from what I was used to. There wasn’t any hierarchy, for example, and I found that made communication easier. Management feels a lot closer so that even reaching out to the CEO, Pien, doesn’t feel extraordinary.” 


Three years later, he jumped at an opportunity to become a Department Manager in the Levi9 Kyiv, Ukraine office. 


“The next ideal step for me was to be someone who is responsible for hiring, mentoring, and making people’s lives in the company better. I saw a chance to improve my own skills in these areas and also build a team that I could be proud of.” 


Dmytro knew that leveling up would mean getting out of his comfort zone so he started volunteering to mentor other levi niners whenever they needed help. Then, he took his knowledge sharing even further by signing up to speak at conferences in Ukraine and Amsterdam such as Junior Enterprises Europe (JEE), Devops, and Levi9’s Arch9 Conference.


“It was scary and nerve-wracking. I was relieved after my first conference was over, but I also felt that I grew, not only as a specialist, but overall, as a person. It was about trying something new, sharing my ideas and learning from others so that everyone can become better. “ 


After a while, Dmytro noticed that he had more confidence as a public speaker, and it was easier for him to give presentations on the spot without feeling anxious. 


“I’ve learned not to be afraid to fail, even publicly. I can be honest with the crowd about what I know and that I don’t have all the answers. I ask them to give me feedback and tell me what they know on the subject so we can learn together.” 


In late 2020, Dmytro was promoted to Deliver Director at Levi9 in Kyiv. As a leader, he’s been able to nurture a team that reflects his own and Levi9’s values.


“It’s a group that’s passionate about technology beyond what they need to know for work. They’re always digging deeper, applying what they learn and sharing their knowledge.”