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My Career So Far in Dates/Titles/Salaries

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.

First Jobs

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.

Salaried Jobs

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 (will be current) n/a n/a CAD$105,000/year (about USD$ 80k 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.

Fear stops you. Nothing prevents you.

Please go out and try, Creator. Go for your larger dreams of success. Inaction is a lot easier to regret than action is.

Be well.


Converted from this Twitter thread

.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 2019-03-14. Facts and circumstances may have changed since publication. Please contact me before jumping to conclusions if something seems wrong or unclear.