Up until last month, I worked as a Senior Software Developer for a software company called Triometric. I say “worked” because as the title says, I now have a new job. I am currently in my first month as a Senior Software Developer at Graze. I was at Triometric for eleven years and over the last few weeks I have been asked fairly similar questions from people in both the old and new company, so I thought it might be useful to talk about it a little here.
Yes, that’s correct. This is quite unusual because we no longer live in the age where people get a job after they leave school and stay there for decades. The industry I am in is also known for more job movement than others, so it’s even more surprising to people that I stayed in one place for so long. I have been asked two questions which are two sides of the same coin: What made me stay in one place for so long, and what made me decide to move on.
Triometric was a relatively small company when I joined and in a small company, you have to wear many hats out of necessity. My official title was Software Developer but I ended up doing a lot more than that. Some of the more notable things were devops, recruitment, mentoring junior developers and generally being part of shaping the technical direction of the company. Some of these may have been stressful at times, but I appreciated having the opportunity to do them. All of these responsibilities meant that I was constantly learning and growing in both a personal and professional capacity and so I stayed. I also made some good friends, which shouldn’t be discounted.
Unfortunately in the last year or so I felt like my professional growth had slowed down a bit and I felt that I needed some new challenges. It is said that you should surround yourself with people that you can learn from. After being part of the company for so long, I had become the “go to” person for a number of things. This is a nice position to be in, but it doesn’t help with learning and I felt that I had the capacity to learn more. Hence the difficult decision to move on from the comfort of what I knew to the unknown.
I first became aware of Graze in 2012 when I joined their subscription service. I had been impressed by the product as well as their website and customer service ever since that time and so felt very positively towards the company. After I had made the decision to move on from Triometric, I became aware that Graze were based in Richmond which is very close to me, and therefore very convenient! They also combine two things that are very important to me: food and technology. They are also a step up in size from Triometric. All of those things combined meant that I thought I couldn’t miss such an opportunity. They were not advertising any roles that I thought I could go for, but I made a speculative application anyway and the rest is history.
Well given I am still in my probationary period, I guess I have to battle imposter syndrome and show them that they didn’t make a mistake in hiring me. I’m also going to try to build professional and personal relationships within the company which will be hard, given how difficult I find dealing with people. On a positive note, my previous relationships haven’t been severed as I feared they might, given that I have seen people a number of times in things like games night (at my flat rather than the Triometric office) and other things. I have no doubt this will continue.
So what’s next? Who knows. I just try my best and see what happens.