My First Job Change as a Developer
It’s been a while since I’ve looked after my blog. Time to change that: I’d like to write more, let “much going on” to be an excuse and especially publish this draft (which hasn’t been touched for over a month). My experiences and link list are piling up...
According to one theory among many, our perception of time is based on how many new things are stored in our memory. We only consciously perceive time as such when we have stored something new. As the number of new experiences decreases with age, time is perceived as compressed and seems to have “evaporated”. Experiencing something new should therefore lead to time passing more slowly.
According to this approach, my perception of time had been stretched since November and I had accumulated few new things. This was simply not the case. On the contrary, many new experiences have been made.
In December I quit my job at Inter Medien Networks and started working for KATAPULT magazine, a magazine for cartography and social science, also based in Greifswald. If that sounds boring, you haven’t seen their magazine or social media posts yet 😉.
It was my first job change, so I was not yet familiar with the effort and pain of preparation and transition. At Inter Medien there were still some projects to be completed and handed over, while at KATAPULT I was already initiating new ones. Admittedly, my departure from Inter Medien Networks was a bumpy one, and I want to learn from that. I’m glad that I only worked part-time at both companies in December and that I’ve been working full-time at KATAPULT magazine since January. It is easier for me to concentrate on one job.
I was looking for a young, dynamic team in my next employer. That is exactly what I found at KATAPULT. The same student spirit and desire to change the world, even though you are in a post-student phase of life.
The editorial team welcomed me with open arms, which I really appreciated. Right from the start, I was given my first project for issue 17, which was due to be published in December: a donation website. As there was no front-end developer yet, there was no design system. While working on the website, I started working on the KATAPULT Design System, which I have been maintaining ever since. Only the documentation is missing.
By mid-January I felt familiar with the people and could remember all their names. The anxiety of the new job was gone, so I was “just” looking forward to the work. Another project was katapult.link for Instagram – A Linktree Alternative from scratch. Since they currently have two websites, one for mobile and one for desktop, the Instagram bio could only have one link, which is cryptic. Developing a new website will be one of my main tasks. The current one is outdated, not eye-catching and difficult for editors to use.
This is what I love about my job: Being able to implement the idea for katapult.link easily. Independent work is encouraged and I accept it with gratitude.
As things are always changing at KATAPULT, I didn’t stay long in the old office. Unfortunately, there is a building site next to the office, so we get a lot of visitors, but we have to move out soon.
I still have the desire to move to a new city. However, the KATAPULT magazine here in Greifswald has given me a unique opportunity, which I have gladly taken up and will now enjoy.
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- Laughing On Line by Russell Goldenberg et al
- Introducing a New Look for The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg
- Where to put buttons on forms by Adam Silver
- A Guide to Recognising Font Styles by Matej Latin
- Typographic Illusions by Hoefler&Co
- Design Systems Book — Laying the Foundations by by Andrew Couldwell
- 5G Will Definitely Make the Web Slower, Maybe by Scott Jehl
- Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice by Patrick McKenzie
- My SaaS-Journey from 87 followers to first profit by Stefan Bauer
- GraphQL Crash Course (in 10 pics!) by Xiaoru Li
- Old CSS, new CSS by Evelyn Woods
- The CSS Cascade by Amelia Wattenberger
- CSS Grid can be used to stack elements by Stefan Judis
Fine. Article finished. If you spot a typo or have thoughts about this article, feel free to write me. 🙆♂️
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