About two and a half years ago, I decided I fancied a change from working for myself designing & building WordPress sites in my bedroom, so I applied to work at GoCardless. From the website I wasn’t totally sure what the company did, but from what I could find on social media it looked like a group of people who were having a lot of fun working together building something they were proud of.

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An image from the GoCardless jobs page at the time I applied, featuring Kit, James, Andy, Helen, Phil & Charlotte

After a quick Skype chat, a take-home challenge to test my design & front end chops and finally a trip to the GoCardless office, I left my final interview realising that I really cared whether I got the job or not. On the way back to the bus stop I reasoned that I would soldier on following a rejection — but that I would be really disappointed if I ended up not being able to work there. …

It’s 2010. The very first iPad has just been released. Justin Bieber has a fringe. ‘Web designer’ is a job title. ‘React’ is a verb. People are asking the question: should designers code?

Earlier in the year, Elliot Jay Stocks causes a storm by tweeting that he’s “still coming across ‘web designers’ who can’t code”. Inside the blogosphere you’re basically stupid & irrelevant (you idiot) if you don’t have a published think piece on the topic. By 2011, Harry Roberts refers to it as that question”.

It’s not 2010 anymore. The very first Apple Watch has just been released. Justin Bieber’s hair and career have gone in opposite directions. …


James Shedden

Software Engineer @GoCardless

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