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My May ‘22 in Review

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May is now over too, it feels like it has flown by. But before the month is completely over, I want to take a short look back…

In itself, there is not so much to tell, I have not blogged much at all, but that was probably because I had other priorities this month.

For one thing, I turned 23 at the beginning of the month, so I’m a year older again, but the older, the less spectacular such a birthday is. Actually, it feels the same as when I was 22, except that now I’m 23 and not just 22. I celebrated my birthday together with my girlfriend.

Apart from that, I already teased the topic at the beginning of the month, which mainly occupied me this month (besides work): my work. Via Xing and LinkedIn, I kept getting requests from recruiters. Most of them I ignored because they didn’t sound exciting enough. Out of curiosity, however, I did respond to one of them, and the answers to my follow-up questions sounded quite interesting. In the end, this recruiter arranged a few interviews for me at different companies. The interview for the job, which was actually the subject of the inquiry, did not turn into anything further, but the fifth interview I had this month (all online, by the way) did.

As of the 1st of September, I will start a new job at another company. Why?

The project I’m working on has little prospects for the future and is getting more and more sidelined, which also means that not much is happening in terms of new technologies. Java 8 without frameworks, without a proper build system, without automatic tests, without continuous integration. This offers few opportunities for professional development. In addition, my current employer is very dependent on a particular customer and even lets them dictate the way we work. So now it is no longer possible to work 100% remotely, so in the future I will have to go to the office at least once a week and then participate in conference calls from there. This office constraint bothers me, after all, everything has worked wonderfully remotely for the last 2 years.

The new position in a larger company not only promises a wider range of projects and exciting tasks with future topics, it also offers 100% mobile working and a salary that is once again significantly higher than my recently also quite neatly increased salary.

After 5 years with the company (the first and only company I have worked for so far), I think it is now time to collect new experiences. I just hope that my colleagues take the news well and don’t make the remaining 3 months difficult for me.

Apart from that, I went to visit my family this past long weekend and we took trips to Switzerland, among other places, where there are some nice spots.

In my personal environment, I am the only person who has apparently not yet had COVID-19, let’s see how long it stays that way. I will probably catch it in the office at the latest…


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