Today, I am officially in between jobs. Actually, that would be last 2nd April when I gave 30 days notice to the company I worked for; because I haven't really done stuff for them since.
To be honest, I am a bit apprehensive about writing this because I don't want to come out as bad mouthing my former employers. They are unquestionably good people and, personally, I have nothing against them. But there had to be a reason for me leaving, right? Well, quite frankly, I couldn't see growth— at least for me— in that company.
I started there on September 2016 and left this April, so I was there for 1.5 years; I never got a pay increase and, on a few occasions, the pay came several days late. But more importantly, in all that time, I learned just three things:
- how to serve Django applications through Gunicorn and Nginx
- how to use class-based views in Django
- how to modify Bootstrap modals' behaviour during specific events
Now, for novice programmers, numbers one and two can be important. But I came into the company knowing how to serve Django applications through Apache and WGSI— which still remains my preferred method of deployment (maybe more on that in the future). And class-based views are something that I had already started looking into even before I thought about applying for that job.
I also came into that company bringing with me more than a decade of experience in HTML and CSS and a few other things. And while I was able to use some of those experiences, particularly in documents processing (XLS parsing, XLS generation, PDF generation, etc.), I left feeling that a lot of my other expertise were not really appreciated. As to why that is, I don't want to speculate but it appears Dunning-Kruger has quite an effect in the field of Web Design.
It's all good.
There are also a couple of other prospects— two startups. The particulars are still sketchy but I'll know what they're really about in a couple of days. I just hope they don't turn out to be another scam, like the one I encountered the other week following an advertisement from Craigslist (maybe I'll write about it next time).
There are also a couple of projects that I want to give time to. But as with all of my projects, they aren't meant to make money; so spending too much time on them is out of the question. But who knows, maybe I'll find someone who can market those projects and create a demand for them. We'll see.