New Job Alert
Published Apr 6, 2020
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This is my last working week at Imosphere, I’m very sad to be leaving my amazing colleagues and working on such worthwhile products but the time has come for a new challenge and I’m very excited to be joining the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in the Digital Services and Technology team.
I’m a huge advocate for Open Source, a fan of all things DevOps and I love using Linux. Working in a Windows ecosystem on proprietary software was starting to feel a bit round peg square hole plus being a small company, the opportunities to grow weren’t always there. I happened to see a post in the Tech Nottingham Slack Jobs channel at an organization that I’d always thought sounded like a great place to work, so on a bit of a whim and quite late in the day I decided to apply and see what would happen.
Thankfully I liked them and they liked me so I gladly accepted the offer and with a heavy heart I faced the fact that I would be leaving Imosphere.
When I applied, COVID-19 was on the news but not quite front page yet and when I accepted, it seemed like people would be working from home for a few weeks - I never imagined we’d be in lockdown and I’d need to get my company laptop delivered to my house! I was of course worried about leaving a stable job to start a new contract in the middle of a global pandemic and I had to be sensible and consider the potential financial ramifications if the worst happened. I’ve known my new manager, Shaun Hare for a few years and he’s a great person (those of you who know Shaun will be nodding in agreement here) so we talked through my concerns and he was a huge help in discussing my options and reassuring me.
One of my close friends who I have huge respect for also recently accepted a position at a new company and we talked it through for some extra reassurance and guidance. Having a strong network has been a huge help for me. I was nervous about going into a team with so few women again but knowing other women who work there that I was able to talk to definitely set my mind at ease.
My new role
The DVSA set out a data and technology strategy (2017 to 2022), you can read it here , the focus points I’m particularly interested in are accessibility, availability, open data and agile practices. I love that they’re working with Open Source and open data because the people are paying for and using this service - they deserve to be able to see and access the technology they’re paying for.
The tech stack is a PHP (mostly 7) and AWS (Amazon Web Services). I’ve not done a lot of PHP before despite being a regular at PHPMinds meetups for a few years now! I’m looking forward to learning the language and getting more involved in the incredible PHP community.
The last few weeks have been challenging and worrying, fortunately I have a few days off next week to recharge my batteries. Starting a new job remotely during a global pandemic and country wide lockdown is definitely a bit daunting but I’ve always loved a challenge!