Let this be inspiration to whoever is afraid of trying, failing and being fired. Every single one of these jobs has taught me lessons I've used daily in my career.
I don't have exact dates on these, but my first jobs were:
I ended up walking out on the delivery job, but that's a story for another day.
Most of what I learned from these jobs were the value of labor and when to just shut up and give people exactly what they are asking for. Even if it's what they might not want.
The following table is a history of my software career by title, date and salary (company names are omitted).
|Title||Start Date||End Date||Days Worked||Days Between Jobs||Salary||How I Left|
|Junior Systems Administrator||November 11, 2013||January 06, 2014||56 days||n/a||$50,000/year||Terminated|
|Software Engineering Intern||July 14, 2014||August 27, 2014||44 days||189 days||$35,000/year||Terminated|
|Consultant||September 17, 2014||October 15, 2014||28 days||21 days||$90/hour||Contract Lapsed|
|Consultant||October 27, 2014||Feburary 9, 2015||105 days||12 days||$90/hour||Contract Lapsed|
|Site Reliability Engineer||March 30, 2015||March 7, 2016||343 days||49 days||$125,000/year||Demoted|
|Systems Administrator||March 8, 2016||April 1, 2016||24 days||1 day||$105,000/year||Bad terms|
|Member of Technical Staff||April 4, 2016||August 3, 2016||121 days||3 days||$135,000/year||Bad terms|
|Software Engineer||August 24, 2016||November 22, 2016||90 days||21 days||$105,000/year||Terminated|
|Consultant||Feburary 13, 2017||November 13, 2017||273 days||83 days||don't remember||Hired|
|Senior Software Engineer||November 13, 2017||March 8, 2019||480 days||0 days||$150,000/year||Voulntary quit|
|Senior Site Reliability Expert||May 6, 2019||October 27, 2020||540 days||48 days||CAD$115,000/year (about USD$ 80k and change)||Voluntary quit|
|Software Designer||December 14, 2020||current||n/a||n/a||CAD$135,000/year (about USD$ 105k and change)||n/a|
Even though I've been fired three times, I don't regret my career as it's been thus far. I've been able to work on experimental technology integrating into phone systems. I've worked in a mixed PHP/Haskell/Erlang/Go/Perl production environment. I've literally rebuilt most of the tool that was catalytic to my career a few times over. It's been the ride of a lifetime.
Even though I was fired, each of these failures in this chain of jobs enabled me to succeed the way I have. I can't wait to see what's next out of it. I only wonder how I can be transformed even more. I really wonder what it's gonna be like with the company that hired me over the border.
Please go out and try, Creator. Go for your larger dreams of success. Inaction is a lot easier to regret than action is.
.i la budza pu cusku lu <<.i ko do snura .i ko do kanro .i ko do panpi .i ko do gleki
If you can, please make a blogpost similar to this. Don't include company names. Include start date, end date, time spent there, time spent job hunting, salary (if you remember it) and how you left it. Let's end salary secrecy one step at a time.
This article was posted on M03 14 2019. Facts and circumstances may have changed since publication. Please contact me before jumping to conclusions if something seems wrong or unclear.
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