My first 30 days have been defined by two interwoven themes: ‘new’ and ‘first.’
I moved to a new city, joined a new company, and started a new role. Prior to joining Tapjoy I was working as an Electrical Engineer for an LED lighting manufacturer. In the Spring of 2015 I joined the very first cohort of GoCode, a web development bootcamp that took place in Costa Rica. Not many people can say they learned to code at the beach! It was a truly positive experience, free from distraction, with a perfect setting to clear my mind from the daily coding challenges. The rewarding feeling of overcoming these challenges is what prompted a career shift.
Every day I am doing something for the first time, whether it’s meeting someone new or exploring a part of the code base that I’ve never seen before. It had been a very long time since I entered a new industry, and the opportunity was both exciting and intimidating. CP-What? eCP-Who? Every industry has their own recipe for Alphabet Soup, and the mobile App Tech industry is no exception. My first month has been riddled with acronyms, jargon, and the ongoing question in the back of my head that I’m too afraid to ask… “So...uh...what EXACTLY does Tapjoy do?” (This is often answered using many of the acronyms previously mentioned and a lesson in Economics).
The answers to many of my questions were made more clear during the annual Engineering Offsite, where I was presented with many new resources to aid productivity and learn industry knowledge. I feel incredibly thankful to have joined a team of senior engineers who have already proven to be an outstanding resource.
The first month has come with challenges as well. Often, my biggest challenge is figuring out the right questions to ask. At the same time, I'm encouraged knowing the answers are close by and the team is always more than willing to help. Measuring my progress and growth has been another challenge as my journey has taken some turns, joining at the start of a new quarter and experiencing what an organization-level priority change feels like first-hand . My focus could shift on a weekly basis, and at times I felt lost. Through it all, I maintained a positive attitude, eager to keep learning, and happily found my way as priorities stabilized. Finally, I’ve taken on a new project, and with dedicated focus I can finally feel some great momentum moving forward.
I’ve learned an exceptional amount in these first 30 days and I am grateful to close each day knowing that I’ve learned something new.