From Enterprise to Startup
After working for Lloyds for nearly a year now, I’ve decided to take a chance, I’ve decided to work for a local start up as a lead software engineer. I won’t yet announce too much detail, but for me as an individual, not to sound like a cliché, but I view my work as a lot more than a job, it’s genuinely something I’m incredibly passionate about. Not just delivering an elegant code base, but I love working on solutions that allow me to be creative, I love making products that customers love.
The issue I’ve had working within big companies is that you’re often just pushed to meet goals, I just get the impression that with a lot of larger companies they fundamentally don’t care much for their customers. At a fundamental level I feel like they know that customers rely on them too much to move to a competitor, or there may be too much hassle involved. A prime example being mortgages, a lot of people statistically speaking won’t bother changing their mortgage deal/package because of all the red tape & hassle that follows.
My passion aside, a major part of the reason why I’ve decided to take this offer is down to the fact that I just don’t like being forced into a silo, which does happen in some of these very large companies. Overtime your skills in other areas will depreciate, I simply don’t want to be forced into doing one thing, day in, day out. I want to be able to be a well rounded developer, I want to know how things work across the entire stack, from database locks to front end state management to microservice/SOA architecture & so on. I simply love it! ❤
I also hate the mentality of “it’s not my job”, which is something that I’ve talked about in the past. If you can add value to a business, or a service that the business offers, then regardless of your title, I’m a firm believer such a responsibility is every single employee’s job. I’d be fine with someone saying that they’re not sure about something, but to flat out just say no, I’m not going to do that, it just goes against my work ethic completely. If I don’t know something or if I don’t know how to do something, I’ll happily say that I’m not confident, but with time, training & R&D, I should be able to get up to speed relatively quickly.
I started my career working at smaller companies & having worked in an array of different companies & sectors, I can finally say to myself that I know what I want out of my career. I don’t want to end up in a senior management position where I look at excel spreadsheets all day long & introduce unnecessary red tape because it looks good from a governance perspective. That may be great for a lot of people, but I think I’d die of boredom if I had to be forced down that path. I love the hands on approach, not to sound like a workaholic, but the more I’m able to bash out, the happier I am, usually, I think I may have something in common with Elon Musk there. Unless it’s such an unrealistic load that I’m simply lost & don’t know where to begin, but even then I would rather that over having the occasional bits of work to look at, or watching the clock tick away, I mean at least I’d be busy! 😂
I really believe that I’ve found a role that’ll keep me interested & will keep me busy at the same time. I know I’ve moved around a lot in a short space of time, but it has paid off, I’ve learned an immense amount of stuff during my relatively short career & I have no intention on slowing down! I only plan to ramp it up, e.g. if I can, I’ll try to do the right thing with the technology stack at QoS, I don’t mean I’ll use every technology under the sun, that’s simply not realistic & I can’t say that I’m an expert in like 50 different programming languages. But I will try to broaden the horizon so to speak, maybe even just take baby steps! 👣An example could be as small as just updating the front end to using something else or whatever, obviously it’s a context specific subject matter.
While working for QoS, I hope to get way more involved with the development community, whether that means hosting events or contributing to events, whatever! I’m really excited for what the next few years will bring & I sure as hell plan to stick with QoS for as long as they’ll have me! 😂