I’m not quite sure exactly how it happened, but I’ve got a job. One minute I was quietly doing some contract work at home on yet another Rails app; the next, I was halfway around the world, in a place I’d never been, interviewing for a job. Which I got.
Thus, as of last month, I’m working for Stripe. I’ll actually be working in the UK as part of the growing London presence, but, as the company is based in San Francisco, I’ve been out in California for the past three and a bit weeks to get to know how everything works.
It’s interesting. It’s different work from the kind of applications I’ve spent most of my time doing over the past few years, and that’s a pleasant change. There’s decent money to be made in CRUD apps, but I’d been finding that a bit repetitive; one of the things that attracted me to working for Stripe was the availability of new problems to work on.
I try to approach things in a systematic manner, so I’ve set myself a calendar reminder in six months’ time to ask myself six specific questions about whether the new job is everything I hoped:
- Am I learning?
- Am I enjoying work?
- Am I happy with commuting?
- Have I found time to work on my own projects?
- Is it easy to wake up?
- Do I want to spend another year doing this?
One month in, I’m feeling optimistic.
Living—albeit briefly—in San Francisco has been very interesting, too, but that’s a story for another day.
Oh, and we’re hiring, so if you fancy a change, get in touch.
2013-06-18 07:58 UTC. Comments: 0.
It’s hard to express how profoundly depressed I am by the current state of politics in the UK. I mean, I try to avoid it, but I keep on hearing about it.
The BNP is a racist party. That’s bad. UKIP seem a bit racist. They may not actually be racists, but they have policies that do appeal to racists. The current government, on the other hand, running scared from mid-parliamentary-term council election results, actively develops policies specifically to attract the votes of racists and xenophobes, because it’s easier to pander than to educate. More…
2013-05-08 22:52 UTC. Comments: 1.
Ian Duncan Smith claims that he could live on £53 a week. I don’t doubt it. I could easily live on £53 a week. More…
2013-04-01 21:34 UTC. Comments: 2.
I don’t think it’s any secret that working on a significant-sized Rails codebase is not nearly as free and easy as any number of make-a-blog-in-fifteen-minutes screencasts would have you believe.
The good news is, I think I have the solution, and it’s simple. The bad news is, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. More…
2013-03-21 21:37 UTC. Comments: 0.
I complained earlier about receiving compensation for a cancelled train in the form of £25 Rail Travel Vouchers rather than a more fungible means of exchange, but they’re not as useless as you might think, at least if you live in London: you can turn them into Oyster credit. More…
2013-03-21 20:47 UTC. Comments: 1.
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