End of an Era

June 2019 ยท 3 minute read

Author’s note: This is a non-technical post. Semi-emotional. Weird as it may be, I didn’t just view my employer and co-workers as a job. These people were like my family, and they mean a lot to me. I don’t expect any of them to see this and have not shared it, but since this is a “blog” and personal website, I felt like writing something.

As I write this, I have just one full day of work left before I move on to a new $DAYJOB. It’s probably weird to be emotional about leaving a job, but I am.

I don’t write about work (or much in general, see: homepage), but this is a big change for me. In October, I would have been with the company for seven years. It may not sound like much to some, but in an industry where people hop from job to job every two years, seven years is crazy.

…but honestly, it was an amazing company to work for. The CEO is one of the most down-to-earth and caring individuals I’ve ever met. Genuine desire for happiness for both employees and customers. The people there were effectively a second family to me.

But - as with all things, change happens. Most of the original developers have all left for other pursuits, and the projects I am primarily interested in working on are stable and there’s little time allocated to further improving them. With many new faces and a bigger developer team, I feel comfortable moving on knowing they will be able to handle any challenge they are faced with.

My time at $DAYJOB has taught me so many things. I will cherish the friends I made along the way. I will appreciate the skills and experience I gained while there. I will always do my best to treat people the way our CEO treated people: with respect, trust, and genuine kindness.

Goodbye!

I want to give special thanks to those of you who helped me personally during the difficult parts - when the lines between professional and personal were nonexistent. I’ve worked with people who could not care less about me as a person, but have literally never felt that way with you all.

I will carry the lessons I’ve learned with me anywhere I go, now and in the future, and hopefully be able to pass on what I’ve experienced by giving others the same opportunity to feel welcomed and cared for even in a professional environment.

So long, BSA. I will miss you. Y’all were there for me through so many pivotal moments in my life, and I will always appreciate that.