Happy to say that I haven’t gotten the boot yet after 6 months. I wanted to give a quickie update on my new job situation. I succeeded, failed and learned so much.
There so far have been good times and bad times. Not gonna lie, there were some huge differences I noticed jumping from one job to another after. Especially after having such a long-ass tenure (of 7 years) at my old one! Here’s my skinny.
The person who configured some of our tools we use, didn’t do a great job. There are giant holes in the software. A lot of it is only half set-up; to the point where many of its main features don’t even work!? This is a downfall of coming into a non-profit organization with a low budget. It didn’t have the resources to get proper tech support during installation this tool.
That said, this job is actually still leaps and bounds ahead of my previous job when it comes to software tools. I have everything I need to get the job done on my own. I shouldn’t be complaining in the first place! But hey, us humans, we love complaining right?
We have a lot of shiny up-to-date software at my new one. This was a huge surprise jumping from my old job to new.
This proves that big, corporations (old job) selling luxury products can cheap out on tools their employees need. Imagine how much BETTER this fancy-ass brand could do with real, up-to-date tools.
The very good
Access to all Adobe products. My life. It’s complete. At my old job I had to bribe the IT folk to put me up in the queue to get my software installed faster. Here, they were all already installed on my computer. AND, since they’re actually up to date with the modern times, it was all in Adobe CC. All I had to do was ask IT for a license under my work email. BAM! Sometimes it’s the little things in life you gotta appreciate.
The bad: some people are shitty to work with
In other ways, I still can’t help but feel like I’m surrounded by the wrong slew of people. Ottawa seems to have this sleepy vibe that everyone wants to coast through life. This is okay, but I’m looking for something more.
The good: some of them inspire me
In some ways, I love a lot of the people who I work with now. There are many accomplished and impressive people at this company, and it’s so inspiring! It makes me want to shoot a little higher with my ambitions.
That said, there’s an extremely high turnover rate here… But part of it has to do with the level of ambition with the individuals who come in. The fact that they want more speaks volumes about the kind of people this place attracts.
Though I have some pain-in-the-butt coworkers, my boss and a few others are a real pleasure to work with. I have an incredible sense of loyalty to my boss. He has been handing me opportunities from one to the next with this job.[Team bonding experience at Lonestar with some hilarious folks.]
The actual work
The bad: being the fixer
Let me be completely honest here about the work I’m doing right now. I’m realizing that I wasn’t so much hired for a UX role as much they hired me to be a “fixer” of all things technology-related. I ended up getting plunged into this hot mess of what they called a team. Most people were dishing off troublesome tasks like hot potatoes. Others hoard all the fun projects. There’s no winning here. I’m stuck with all the difficult projects!
When I run into project challenges, there are no resources on-site to help me out. Colleagues don’t seem to be willing to help unless I offer them an arm and a leg. Some of it may have to do with the element of fear of losing their job to someone else. I learned later on that many people were nervous about teaching someone new about their own job. Likely in fears that they’d get replaced.
Another dubious thing that often comes to mind: my boss is never around. This makes it hard to get the green light on some of my projects.
The good, in secret: learning all the things
Though I receive no help on most of my project, that exact challenge forces me to learn on my own. I’m a happy-go-lucky optimist when it comes to that kind of thing, so I took it as an opportunity for me to learn a few new things.
Skill learnings from this new job so far
- I learned how to code C# in ASP.Net. Although ASP.Net feels a bit dead, I’m loving the practise I’m getting in server-side programming.
- I learned a few things in brand design as well. And how to work with a pretty strict brand team and team of graphic designers.
- I learned how to work with Google’s Custom Search API. There was no expert present of the subject matter so I had to do this from the ground up.
- I rekindled a passion for AV by getting forced into video and audio editing. I knew the basics, but I’m now quite interested in it and want to be more creative and experiment with it.
All in all…
My new job boosted my confidence and showed me what I’m good at. It also forced me to become a self-starter and to learn how to get the job done without having to rely on anyone for help.
I wouldn’t say this is a good quality of any employer. Colleagues and teammates should always feel comfortable with helping each other out. But the culture fostered here created hostile people who didn’t like helping newcomers.
This isn’t news to me. It isn’t a place where people stay long term unless they want their careers to come to a halt, but I’m happy I came here. My confidence in my skills have shot up tenfold since arriving at the company. It was exactly what I needed to propel myself deeper down my path and that of beginning my own business.