“I want to challenge myself,” says 22-year-old IT contractor Diego Mariani. “I want to be out of my comfort zone. If you’re comfortable, you won’t be learning anything. You’ve got to push your limits - learning is growing, struggling and trying new things.”
Diego grew up in Italy and started teaching himself how to code when he was 16. “I really put myself into it. I spent all day coding and learning programming languages,” he says. At 18, he accepted a place at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila on its Computer Science course.
But after a year, he dropped out to start a full-time developer job for travel tech company Trivago. “I dropped out mostly because I found it really repetitive and a little bit boring,” he says. “I wanted to work in a real company with real problems. When the opportunity from Trivago came up I knew it wouldn’t come by a second time.”