A year ago today I started my first day at Enspiral.
A few days before that I had gone in for an interview in response to a small job ad that I saw posted on a popular New Zealand website. Having recently arrived in Wellington and having had no luck in another city I was hungry for work (and so was my bank account). I had two other job interviews that day that both seemed promising. One for a more traditional web development company (and by traditional I mean with ping-pong tables and foosball) that seemed to be doing quite well and another for a company that made video games. Now the foosball seemed nice and all but I was also looking to get out of web development and move into other areas of programming so the game company is what really appealed. So given all that and also how the Enspiral ad had only given a brief description about needing a junior Rails developer it wasn’t exactly highest on my list that day. For goodness sake Enspiral didn’t even have a website at the time! So, I went in not really knowing what to expect but knowing I needed to find work somewhere and soon.
After finding the office in my new city and finding Joshua in amongst the other shared office spaces on the floor it was on we moved to the meeting room to start the interview. Now I’m sure we all have our “interview selves”, the person you are taught to present to potential employers when you apply for a job. Not dishonest but doing your best to word answers in a way the employer would likely want to hear. So getting questions like “what does your perfect job look like?” and statements like “I don’t care if you take your check and head off to Thailand for a few weeks” and “I want to help facilitate people to do the things they are passionate about” kind of threw me. And the kind of freedom and autonomy that was being offered got me really exited about working for the company!
So, that was my first experience with Enspiral (which at the time essentially consisted of Joshua) and it has been great, a little scary, and very interesting ever since. Things have moved incredibly fast over the past year for me personally and for Enspiral, having since grown to a 47 person company and into a shiny new office. While at Enspiral I have done things I never thought I would end up doing as a developer from working directly with clients, to student interviews to scoping and budgeting a start up project. I have also learned so much from all the people, starts ups and volunteers that pass through Ensprial every day. It is a great energy to be surrounded by and it continually makes me want to up my game and become not only a better developer but also a better person. I never thought I would gush about a company that I worked for but I guess I am and have been doing so to anyone who will listen since I started (it’s not hard when your company’s main goal is to make the world a better place).
And now a year in what about my own projects you ask? Well I have a few I’m slowly chipping away at when I have time but mainly I have been biding my time rebuilding my personal financial buffer (moving countries and traveling for a few months hit it quite hard) and saving up for a new computer. After that though I do have some plans. I would like to start collecting an inventory of equipment and ideas with my fellow Enspiral Makers. Perhaps even start up a little R & D group. But really who knows what the next year holds, there is a very good reason I stuck with a single person web development company a year ago and it is because I was excited by its potential, and those expectations have been continually met and then exceeded.