The Perfect Job

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I officially have a week left at The Iron Yard. Time has really flown by! At this point, my next step is job searching. Overall, I feel really good about it. I’ve worked incredibly hard over the past three months to become a great junior developer and I feel like I have a great skill set to offer my future employer. I love what I’m doing, I love learning, and I love a challenge.

That being said, I worry. What is the actual best job for me? I’ve thought about it in quite a bit of my free time and I’ve come to a few conclusions.

I want to be in a challenging atmosphere. The Iron Yard was hard, I learned an incredible amount every single day, and then had to apply it that night. I loved it. I have learned more in the past three months than I ever have in that kind of time frame and that’s because I was pushed every day. I hope to continue that growth at my next job. I don’t want to stagnate, I want to have the skills to work on really cool projects and do really great things.

I want to be in a place where help can be found. In a similar vein as above, I want to learn. I’ve become incredibly self sufficient at fixing my problems, but oftentimes five or ten minutes with a more experienced developer will pay off incredible dividends. Just the way that other people approach problems is fascinating to learn from and see the tools and techniques they use, which I can then turn around and use on my own work.

I want to be around people who are as excited as I am. Learning to code was the best decision I have ever made. I didn’t know I could enjoy anything so much or that I would enjoy the incredible amount of time that I’ve put into it. I love the thrill of getting tests to pass that have been failing all morning. I love finding a new tool to implement and learning about new technologies. Most of all, I love being in an environment where everyone else is as stoked about it as I am. I want to dive into an environment like that and soak in as much knowledge and skill as I possibly can.

I don’t know where I’ll end up, but I’m really excited to see what happens over the next few weeks.

Andrew Pierce

Andrew Pierce

Software Engineer based in Durham, NC

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