March 15th, 2013

Today marks the end of my first week in my new role as a Programmer / Analyst at Banfield. After about a year and half I've been promoted out Banfield's "junior" level software engineering position. It's exciting! It's the first time I've received a promotion at any job since graduating college and beginning my career. It feels good to take a step in a forward direction, to work towards a goal and achieve it. There have been times in my career when I've felt like I was spinning my wheels and not really getting anywhere.

As far as responsibilities go, it's not a very large change. I think I've more or less been working in this role for a while now (as confirmed by my coworkers). Even with five years experience coming in to Banfield, I was in some ways very green. I had not previously worked in enterprise-level design before, and so there was a lot to learn. I was able to absorb a lot of knowledge very quickly, however, and that helped me to start to perform at a level higher than the position I was initially hired for.

The one cool thing about the promotion is that I now have the potential to serve as development lead on projects. It is a technical-focused role that most any developer can serve as, and it manages technical design and administration of a project or software release. In short, it's the representative from application development who drives a project to completion and deployment, potentially managing other development resources in order to do so. I'm actually currently tackling my first project as dev lead, albeit on a pretty small and contained one. It's been a huge amount of fun and I hope to do it more in the future.

I feel like I moved from a lake to an ocean when I came to Banfield in terms of technology. I have learned an incredible amount since I've been here, but I feel like I still have much, much more to learn. I'm excited to continue to grow as a software developer at Banfield, and I think I still have a lot of opportunity here. It's harder to move up from where I'm at into a senior development role, so I need to step it up even more.

It just feels good to receive a promotion. Not in the sense that I get to trumpet my own horn, but just in the sense that it feels good to move forward. It feels good to work hard at something and achieve the goal I set. It feels good to be able to work in an environment where there are so many people around me that both increase my knowledge and also challenge me to grow. I work with a lot of smart people, and it's exciting that their knowledge and experience rub off on me. I think that might be the biggest benefit of working at Banfield. I'm learning it's critical to work in a place where you are encouraged to grow and learn.



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Mom says...

I am so, so, proud of you. Your life has been a whirlwind these 5 years or so. Marriage, a baby, home buying, etc, etc. And you have been through trials. Broken tibia, 2 job losses,sickness and health, and pride severed but you NEVER gave up. Even though bruised and battered you pursued, sometimes the same day you were let go. And you have won. Your faith sustained you, your determination drove you, and your commitment to do the right thing helped you put one foot in front of the other. You are a beautiful man of God and your tenacity is something to be admired. Plus, you have an enormous heart and that says it all. Congrats. my son. There is nowhere to go but upward!! I Love You. :)

Posted March 15th, 2013 @ 2:53 PM

Strands says...

Booyea! Nice job man!

Posted March 15th, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Mark Owen says...

Congratulations Matt!

Posted March 15th, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

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