Digging is something you MUST do!

First I signed up for their internal private beta, then I found and wrote bugs, then I scripted a basic smoke test and recorded it to send along to the developers, then I wrote more bugs and more scripts, then I drove over an hour to their office and we agreed they should pay me to do it, thenI saw the source code and added Lil’ bits of info to their wiki, then I wrote more bugs, then I was asked to test other products, then I help setup the test environments for those objects, then I was asked if I thought I could do development so I tried to make a lil’ wordpress plugin that connected to their API (finished in a couple of days and it worked), then I practiced modifying a large-scale php framework that employs an mvc design pattern because it was similar to what they use on their backend, then I took a practice exam to prepare for a PHP5 certification test (and passed without really studying), then we started to talk about my doing development work for them seriously and I went and met with the team and basically bombed the technical part of the interview (because I got nervous) but they still liked me, then we negotiated through some details so I could understand if my family and I could eat and stay in our home, then we planned for success, and agreed to the plan so I gave notice at my then current job…meanwhile, i studied day and night, making flashcards and taking more practice exams (failing two in a row before turning it around and passing three in a row). The last day at my old job came, i worked up until the last 15 minutes on my last day, was late to my exit interview, left that company and went straight to the testing location about 20 minutes away and took the official test…and passed it! What an accomplishment! Since then, I’ve started the new job with this new company, commuting to Santa Monica with a friend and a coworker, working on the backend metrics and analytics system, implementing new features for pending customer agreements and learning things about this massive feature rich framework used to implement a very complex feature set….I feel like I’ve gone back to school and know so little about my current job compared to just two weeks ago…and has hard as it is to swallow my pride and be humble (because i have SO MUCH to learn) i absolutely love it…and now, I can’t wait to see what comes next…

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