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I left the process.

Finally finding out you’re the only one with a technical mind, a logical system thinker.

Trying to make ends meet and continuing to learn as much as I could with the limited time I had in and out of office hours.

I didn’t see any clear opportunities left after knowing the learning qualifications were in another’s name.

The situation was just getting worse hiring external Back End Developers and my role slightly moving towards Project Management – not something that really interested me, but I had no choice.

I was at a breaking point; realising managing external developers is a nightmare. Set deadlines and external developers not responding in time for client expectations.

It was that time; I knew I couldn’t do anything more and thinking about the other colleagues in the moment of time and my personal activities – like my sister’s wedding preparations coming up…

I decided enough is enough; a much advance developer is needed for this role and with this in mind I handed my notice and continued to work till the end of the process.

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I’m in a sticky situation…

I’ve somehow managed to survive over one year of mayhem, demonstrating a higher accuracy rate and cleaner code with multiple solutions – now on my own out of comfort zones to challenge the unknown path to success.

After continuing for three months, I’ve realised just how much work is involved in web development; my strengths, my weaknesses and the lack of knowledge in certain grey areas – has lowered my confidence.

The state of my current issue; same salary, double the workload, but given the opportunity to get trained using any preferred method of learning resources, all paid by the agency – as long as I don’t break the bank balance!

My initial thoughts were… is this fair? Spending more time learning, doubling up the workload of another employee who’d left the process and still spending only the same amount of hours (9am-5.30pm) as one employee? Is it fair to compare in house Developers to Freelance Developers who have more time behind the scenes to get the work done on time? I’m feeling a little short changed here if you had asked me!

I eventually found out at my career progression that build had multiple meanings; given my CV had amends with reference to design and build, which I did and still do actually agree to in my interview process.

How I perceived the term build was using WordPress from the admin panel; using pages and post to build a website like many WordPress users would – not actually how the agency thought it, from the admin editor or backend of WordPress files using FTP. I guess this was the professional edge for hiring agencies to build custom websites.

Sure I do get it now after using CSS files to style many current client websites up, but where does Front End and Back End stand?

I’ve gradually picked some parts of the ropes up, but every time I get stuck at some stage of the back end building process, there wasn’t anyone to turn to and that this was a reminder that I did say I could build in the eyes of the agency.

At the time I joined in December 2014 with the agency, all sites were blocked from updating to newer versions of content management system and plugins. I found this very strange as I had come from another company who would update their client sites on a regular basis – yes a Back End Developer or a much higher rank Developer; be it Lead or Senior – they would of done this for me at the time.

I’ve done work in the past from a Front End perspective, but now I am doing both; Back End as well. I’d spend lots of time after work trying to improve the current state of client-managed websites as they were getting hacked on a daily basis when the Lead Developer was with us.

I am slightly concerned that in this day and age there are still agencies out there that do this, but moreover shocked at the Lead Developer for not taking this responsibility seriously and had left the process as I gradually unveiled the truth why website were getting hacked; it was mainly down to the current state of the websites with legacy versions of CMS and plugins.

Digital war is on the rise and hacking is occurring more often than not and I took the opportunity to slow the hacking process down, as there is really no full bulletproof plan to protect websites. There are numerous of methods that can lead to hackers hacking away at any sites, but there are also many ways to delay the process by restricting and strengthening websites.

Anyway cut to the chase, my beef is now to find solutions to problems I really don’t know how to solve. It’s a classic nightmare for me, but also a challenge to prove I can do this time and time again – pretty hard especially on your own.

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Where am I at now?

Over my 6 month probation period and not knowing where I am, puts me on edge.

When things are getting overcomplicated as more work is coming in for your boss to deal with while dealing with internal problems doesn’t really help.

There has been this continuous workflow problem since the day I started where work is getting overwritten and some of us are repeating what we have just finished.

Having backup of this helped me so many times to fix those mistakes quickly. But how do you stop professionals who know what they are doing, but disrupting the workflow process? What happens if they are the ones that are teaching us what to do too?

You have the choice to tell your boss, but they are just blanking what your saying and putting both employees in a meeting room to find a solution to stop this overwriting workflow from happening.

You’ve given your opinion based on previous experiences and they still go with a different solution, the workflow still seems sketchy. There is no record of what we are actually edited between each other. I think this is vital for when things doesn’t work as expected.

Is it really a mistake after several mistakes or is it a way to put employees in the bad books of their boss, especially of employees that have nearly fulfilled their time?

I would prefer it if employers just communicated this directly, rather than getting others to do this.

Of course this isn’t going to happen as they don’t want you work for another company, especially in the same industry or their competitors.

That’s life, complicated.

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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!