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Back on Track

Just over 3 months jobless, but hunger for work – I was hired to get the work done in time for Christmas & New Year.

It’s been 2 weeks, half way in the month of December, picking up the business workflow and finding myself fit in the role as Front End Developer working with, between designer and developer on board.

I saw opportunities to boost workflow and technologies, which is currently in process for the New Year.

There were stacks of client work that needed creating, amending existing and finishing current work before Christmas – so a quick turnaround solution was needed.

Coming from a background learning popular software and new technologies, I had to step back and backtrack to using old for temporary basis – I knew the company was in a transitioning period, where it just so happen, I managed to blend in well.

3 clients websites all needed to be published live and another, a few tweaks here and there on the live site.

Lucky enough all the work met its deadline and happened so quickly just on time!

This is the shortest blog I have done and a glimpse of the beginning to a fresh new start for the New Years.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

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At least I didn’t quit!

It all happened so soon and I thought I could turn things around when things got tough.

It’s been just over 2 months finished at my current employment, ending in a sticky situation with a client and company management. My job was terminated; I was told to leave and had been paid out.

The dilemma when client don’t stick to agreements and ignore advice from company management, to management given up convincing what’s best for their future business and eventually leading to agreeing with client. All in all, resulting with work that may not generate great online experience with users, nor develop better sales.

I battled hard during the last 3 months of employment to keep simplicity and usability the main focus of online experience and still there were complex ideas being added. By complex ideas being those that would tarnish user experience.

Looking back at this situation, I can say this was an experience, an experience that management would see as usual on a daily basis to make client perform better than their previous.

During my time in employment, I realised not everyone had the same thinking process, which made technical know how discussions harder in meetings without demonstrations of examples. This point seems to be the norm in many businesses after listening to a wide range of web podcasts. So, I feel not alone here.

I’m back out in the market of employability, now looking for another vacancy with some new experience.

Having just over a year experience including the 3-month probation period, moving forward and overcoming this situation, I found it hard ignoring the negatives and thinking positive, especially when going back into interviewing process.

But this didn’t stop me, I had nothing to hide and clearly had great online present from previous activities to date.

The day I left I tried something different I met a few recruiters. I discussed my situation and my concerns and listened to their procedures and T&C’s. Many said I was very brave to start looking straight away. Together we drew plans to action and proceeded applying to relevant and suitable vacancies. As time went by more recruiters had been in contact and a similar process started again with telephone calls.

At this point, I have never had to talk to so many recruiters all wanting to know something about me. I felt there were different views forming from this.

Why choose a recruiter to proceed with vacancies, why not apply directly with companies, why not have more than one recruiter to find suitable vacancies?

These were just some of the thoughts running through my mind at the time and have tried all in respect and respected those who have helped me in the process.

Recruiters should know their clients very well and know what employers are actually after and having more than one recruiter can cause concerned to both parties, that’s if they apply to the same vacancy twice. Companies may also be thinking one may not have much self-respect, passion or care about their career, if they rely on others to do their work. After all, if one doesn’t have self-respect, clearly they don’t have respect for anyone else.

Doing nothing will cost, therefore trying something will gain, whether it’s good or bad, aim to stand out. At least one has tried; one hadn’t quit and remains positive to try again!

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Life after Education

Before you start reading this post, I would just like to mention I created this half way through my current employment and was hoping to finish this at the end of year, but time just seems to fly when your busy working and then later in the evening keeping active – the gym! (Even after sitting at a desk all day and again staying awake till midnight or early mornings doing the things mentioned below). Anyway hope you enjoy reading and keep smiling!


I think it’s that time of year where I need to post an update on what I’ve been getting up to, and why some things have changed that may have affected my online behaviour and the social communities who have supported me – again I cannot stress how grateful the online community have been.

Previously I used my skills learnt from my upbringing to pay for a small, but mighty course after studying a degree.

These days a degree is not enough in this world to get by with nor will masters (unless its top notch).

You may ask why…

So here’s the gap, many student either learn to test their abilities or get help and learn from their tutors and other students around them.

I can argue my belief was from both sides, whether there was a set standard of coding right or wrong and at the same time if I got stuck at self studying, who do I go to for help?

It’s now clear after working as an employee, why many people in this industry would say education is teaching old skills and why there are so many students left behind after studying further without jobs.

In my line of work, there are new technologies appearing faster than I can grasp. My methodology is to work on the new, before it’s too late.

So it’s been a year from now working as an employee for Telescope Studios and in that time frame I’ve learnt so much from employment and self-taught.

During working hours I make digital content like websites, videos, online catalogues and magazines, post blogs and social feeds, etc. By night I enjoy researching, testing, what is possible and what isn’t – just for leisure and experience. If there was a gap for the market, I would usually exploit it via my social feeds, Twitter, Facebook, etc for the online community to share my passion and vision.

I like open-source and support it as it gives everyone an opportunity to get involved in future projects and advance those ideas that are worthy of development.

I used my personal website that would give some clues and resources how I design, code, my interests, what I do and learned to transform this into an Android app (now available on the market, to download just type: DIV BOT).

The app was just a test and trail to see if it worked, which seems to via my devices.

You may also be wondering why DIV BOT – well it’s part of my branding, career role and partly my nick name… DIV BOT = Design In Variety, Build On Technology = Front End Developer

I also made my own custom workstation computer competing with high-end desktop and workstations without any help, but the web.

Some of these things are just life goals that I wanted to do and have now covered. Now my mission is coding apps.

I did start half way through the year teaching myself Objective C for IOS devices, making card games, but in the recent Apple Web Conference there is another new language and that is now my main focus currently.

Although studying old materials are not fully suitable for employment, it does lay down the basic foundations in which you can progress further by self-study.

The web is really full of great resources and it’s just the matter of how you find and use it to your abilities.