Yesterday marked the final day of working full time for 4 years and 3 months. I started at the company with an internship for 5 months. About 1.5 months after that I got hired as a webapplication developer, got my contract renewed after 6 months and within a year after that I got a contract for an undecided period of time. Within the first year my colleague left the company and I was left to run the internet/website department myself.
Though originally hired as a webapplication developer lots of other tasks were added later as well. Server- and project management, web- and email hosting services, general support to clients, starting up projects from A to Z with clients and lots more.
The amount of knowledge and skills I’ve gained in this short time has been immense and is something I couldn’t have gotten from any school. It has been one hell of a fun ride. Yes, it has had a couple of downsides from time to time but the positives by far outweigh the negatives.
As I’ve blogged before I’m going back to school to get my bachelors degree in computer science, which will start early September. So I’ve got about 2 months of free time. I’m still working for the company based on a 0-hour contract. Basically that means I’m a freelancer for the company without all the hassles. But I might change that after some time. Will have to see.
So far everyone in my environment responded very positive about my decision, aside from my grandmother. And although I love her, I don’t care for anyone’s opinion on this for that matter. I’m responsible for my own future and career. But other than that people important to me are proud of my decision and support me in it.
Do I have any regrets for working for over 4 years and not getting my bachelors degree earlier? Hell no! As I said the amount of experience and skills I’ve gained were totally worth it. And aside from that I’ve now got a nice bit of savings on my bank account as well.
Aside from doing a little bit of work the coming 2 months I also plan on doing some more self improvement. Such as finally getting started with some serious Haskell and refreshing my mathematical knowledge. Of course there’s also time for some relaxation ;-).
I’m sure these 2 months will fly by soon enough so I’ll try to enjoy this time. After that a new challenge awaits me which I’m eager to start with.