Developer Wonderland

It has been more than two years since I wrote my last blog and if I was going to return to it – I think now is the best time.

The last two years have been spectacular and I’ve grown professionally and personally. YoungCapital gave me the opportunity to really take matters in my own hands and go further than I ever thought I could, in just two years.

Within days I deployed my first code to production. I was trusted with building new features only a few months in and shortly after dive into more difficult logic, to optimize our search system. About a year in, talks began to include me in brand new projects, involving new technologies that were experimental to our department, which quickly morphed into leading my own project team. Last but not least, I was transferred to a team that was integrating a new pay-rolling system, where the deadlines were tight, stakes were high and failure was not an option.

It was a wild ride and one that I am deeply grateful for. I had the most amazing colleagues and seniors, who were always looking out for my best interest and they’ll always be in my heart.

So what’s the goss?

At the end of 2018, as I started wondering about my next steps, I got an unexpected email from the Shopify recruitment team, saying that I was referred to them and we should have a chat. I was quite star-struck and after a few moments of gathering myself, I of course said: “sure, let’s do it”.

From that moment on, the snowball started rolling and everything went so fast. We had a few technical and non-technical chats and all of a sudden I was on a plane, crossing the ocean for the first time in my life, to visit Shopify in Ottawa. Needless to say, the whole experience was mind-blowing.

Canada said “Hi there, welcome!” with the worst snowstorm and cold (I didn’t know your toes can lose all feeling in about 10 minutes – even in woolen socks..). Shopify HQ felt like Developer Wonderland and the people I met were absolutely amazing. I left that day of interviews with a strong sense of “I completely blew it!”..only to hear a few days later that I was wrong and I am about to embark on a journey of a lifetime.

So, here I am, one snowy day before my starting date – feeling as ready as ever to bring it tomorrow.

But this road has not been all rainbows and sunshine. Yes, I do portray the above as smooth sailing, but honestly, there have been very rough patches that required me to take a harsh look at myself with the support of my closest friends and therapy. And while I am ready to start this new stage in my life, I have to be honest, I am absolutely terrified…

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