Ruby, Rails, Firefox, Anime, Mac
In: Personal17 Dec 2004
Yesterday was the official last day of my 6 months tenure as Web Developer and webmaster at muvee Technologies. It was a good 6 months, with the first 3 months being great (it is my first job after all), and slightly tapering off towards the end as I started to realize that perhaps being a Web Developer is not quite what I want to do. The bosses found out about my doubts somewhere in the middle and were totally awesome to involve me in projects that would interest me and kept me going for the remaining months. Still, it was not to be and I needed to make the hard decision to leave. It was coming all this while (my leaving), so I wasn’t surprised and I’d say neither were many people. I tendered my resignation a month ago.
I remember being rather impressed with the company during the interview process because of the questions asked (these included some creative aptitude questions which I sort of floundered on), the keenness, friendliness, and plain techie-ness of the CEO (Pete Kellock), the COO (Phil Morgan), the Chief Opportunities Officer (Terence Swee) and the VP of QA/Customization (biographies) at my 2nd interview. People were working, walking around, talking in a comfortable environment and dressed in jeans – this was something really different because I never expected such a relaxed atmosphere as there was at muvee. Crazily enough, I almost didn’t want to go for the 2nd interview after the 1st one because I didn’t think I’d accept their offer even if muvee made me one. But I did go and I did take up their offer, rejecting another offer as a J2EE software developer in a decision that I will never know whether was right or wrong. From the company’s perspective, they have lost the investment they’ve put into me. From my perspective, I have lost the opportunity to be a software developer for the past 6 months, which I am now discovering I want to be, much more than I want to be a web developer.
I’ll miss working at muvee, the great bosses (who never really acted that much as superiors but rather as equal colleagues), the “everyday is Friday” rule (in terms of office wear), and, most of all, the people (not everyone, I’ll readily admit – in fact, just a few peeps).