I’ve been at Sprint.ly for four months, and what better way to celebrate than with a little reflection in the form of a blog post! As those who read my initial “welcome” post know, this is my first official job as a developer. Though it took roughly two years of web-hacking and self-hacking to put myself in the position to get hired somewhere like Sprint.ly, I’m still in shock that I’m actually here now.
For all this, the highlight of my first few months hasn’t been learning a new language or library; it’s not crystallized in a particular pull request, and has nothing to do with overcoming a particular set of fears (though that’s pretty awesome too). The real highlight of my tenure so far at Sprint.ly has been finding my way into a team of people who care deeply about the product we build, and who care deeply about each other’s success. I’m lucky to work with more seasoned developers who, without having to ask, will take time out to explain technologies that I may not even directly work with, and I never feel like I can’t ask any of my fellow developers a question, or expect to get a thoughtful answer when I’m stuck on something new.
Choosing to be a developer is committing to a lifetime of learning—and there’s a shared understanding here at Sprint.ly, and as we become part of the larger Quick Left team, that we can all help each other to be better craftspeople. If this sounds good to you, take note: we’re hiring!