Things I Didn’t Expect to Learn within 2 Months of My First Full-Time Dev Job
e.g. Raspberry Pi hacking, Android device kiosk-ifying and how art gallery installations are actually put together.
Any company you interview with will probably say they care about their team’s learning. And I think they usually mean it. But I still worry.
Because learning can get chucked out the window whenever a client needs something, or there’s a stretch goal in the sprint, or an event to host.
So I was delighted to realise last week that, in the first 2.5 months of my new job, I’ve been able to tackle some fascinating challenges and learn a whole bunch of stuff.
- a bit about the inner workings of the art gallery world, specifically how hard and creatively many people work to put together an installation
- how to make an Android device do whatever you tell it to
- Raspberry Pi hacking (I’m now so ready to build a robot to look after my spoilt cats when I’m away!)
- using a real-time Firebase database in a live project
(And this is all while wrangling half a dozen complex APIs for another No Mayo client’s custom data reporting platform…)
Being given enjoyable learning opportunities in your job is not something to take for granted. So I wanted to celebrate it here and let others know, as a way of showing my appreciation.