After 8 weeks, 20+ interviews, 2 rejections, and 4 job offers I finally have the privilege of sharing some amazing news: I’m employed. I’m a junior front-end web developer. I’m beyond stoked.
Why I chose LifeBlue:
I interviewed with a lot of great companies throughout this process and met some insanely intelligent people. In the end, of the choices I had before me there really wasn’t a bad one in the bunch. They all had super talented teams, interesting projects and very similar compensation packages. You would think that’s a good thing, but for me it really made the decision that much harder. When you are trying to decide amongst four great companies you really have to sit and think hard about the information in front of you. Despite feeling that I would be happy and learn a ton at any of the companies, in the end I chose LifeBlue for the overall fit – and here’s what I mean by that:
1. A broader professional role: Because it’s a smaller team each member plays multiple roles. You may be coding the site while also coming up with some compelling copy or rethinking the overall design. I really find that kind of opportunity attractive as I really want to get better as a programmer and an overall UX problem solver.
2. High client interaction: I really enjoy interacting with clients and walking them through the problem they are trying to solve. It looks like I’ll get that opportunity in this new position.
3. That something special: This is the x-fator that is just hard to explain. I trolled every person I met throughout the interview process for every company I was introduced to (as you might guess, there’s a lot you find on the internet). I looked up their profiles/portfolios/clients. Getting a sense of the team was as important to me as the actual position and company. The more I learned about the team at LifeBlue the more I could really see myself working with them and getting so much out of it. They asked good questions and I really clicked with the clients they had worked with. In short, they seemed like a great fit.
So, Monday morning will be the start of a new chapter. I’m no longer trying to become a front-end developer, I will be one. This has been such a long road. It’s crazy to think back to 2 years ago when I started googling ‘web design’ and watching YouTube videos. I couldn’t even begin to understand the things that I’m doing now let alone have googled them.
The road ahead is still going to be crazy hard. I have only scratched the surface on the technology of this industry and I have a lot of late nights ahead, but I’m looking forward to growing. I’ld be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. My resolve is going to be tested and tried, and I think I would be foolish not to recognize it as the difficult challenge it’s going to be. That said, I know what it’s like to get on the other side of tempestuous trials – to make it to the top of mountains I never thought I could climb, and every time the view has been killer.
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