You Changed Jobs Again?

I started a new job at the first of the year. This is my second job as a new Developer in this new, exciting career since graduating The Iron Yard in July 2015.

So, why switch jobs when you had a job?

Being brand new in this field of work, I wasn’t as confident as I wanted to be. I had a solid foundation in front end development, but I knew I was (and still am) pretty junior. For that reason, I leaned on my experience in Marketing. Something I was good at and knew how to do.

My first job out of the gate was a combination Marketing/Developer role. And the company was a full circle marketing agency. They are really good at what they do, which is everything. Design, content writing, social media management, sales conversions, SEO, and web development.

It was my fault for agreeing to take on a role that was primarily geared toward Marketing, when all I really wanted to do was write code.

I was learning a lot about the web development process with a client and how to best achieve the client’s marketing and sales goals. I was using a fancy inbound marketing platform and working closely with our talented Designer, Developers and Marketing team.

But I couldn’t ignore that slight pang that kept creeping up. I missed Dev school and I missed learning so much that my brain hurt at the end of every day. I knew there was an unending amount of knowledge out there in the Development world, I wanted to jump back in and get all learned up again. I felt like my programming skills were getting rusty. I wanted to write more functions and code that DID stuff. I needed more meat and potatoes.

During my initial job search, I had interviewed with a friend (Nick) that owned his own Dev shop. He offered me a job, but for various reasons (misconceptions), I decided to take the offer from the aforementioned agency.

I started talking to Nick again. He listened to my concerns and refrained from saying “I told you so.” And then offered me the job again. So here I am at Port One Five now!

The shop is strictly a Dev Shop. No marketing, no design work. Just solid web and mobile app development. Everyone is a full stack developer.

I’m learning tons. That brain hurt feeling is back. I’m learning PHP, Laravel, Wordpress (and a combination of Laravel and Wordpress, called LaraPress that we created! http://lara.press/ ).

My coworker and boss created this!

I get to use Gulp and Sass again, plus NPM and Composer. I’m starting to learn ReactJS. I’m learning all about servers and virtual machines. It’s crazy and awesome. Everyone is so smart and so nice.

I’m glad I worked at the agency for the 4 months that I did. I learned what it is that I really want to be doing, what kind of projects I want to be working on, what languages, frameworks and libraries I want to learn and work with.

Leaving my first job was a really hard decision, I hate disappointing people. But, I am so glad to be neck deep in code again. Port One Five is growing like crazy, we are hiring more Developers and moving to a larger space to better accommodate our growing team. And we are in the process of re-branding the entire look and feel of the company.

Cheers to learning and growing!