Hunting New Opportunities in 2023

Update - 8th May 2023: Thank you to everyone who’s been in touch and helped get the word out - I’ve just begun a role as Staff Engineer with Covidence. 🎉

I’ve been pondering what I want work to look like for me in the coming few years, and have decided it’s time for a change.

For the bulk of my working career I’ve been a contractor - and as discussed previously, that’s allowed me to work with many amazing teams. Now, though, I’m definitely leaning towards being an employee again. I realise that it’s a bit of an uncertain time for many, with redundancies happening often in many large tech companies - I’m aware my timing here is not ideal! - but I want to see what opportunities exist nonetheless.

Below I’ve outlined what I like to do and what I feel I’m good at, as well as what kind of organisations I’m keen to work with. If you have or know of a role that fits some of these criteria, please do get in touch via email or Mastodon (or Twitter in a pinch). I’m also open to more general chats with peers and recruiters.

There’s also further context of my working history on both and LinkedIn.

Firstly, the one non-negotiable: I will only accept roles that are four days a week maximum - both because I have some side-projects and client work that require regular attention, but also because four days is much healthier.

In terms of what I enjoy:

  • I love writing Ruby code - Rails and RSpec are my tools of choice, but I’m also increasingly familiar with Hanami 2.
  • I’m interested in eventually stepping into a leadership role - particularly with a technical focus, but also with an impact on shaping/strengthening company culture.
  • I love supporting junior developers, through pairing and mentoring, and get a kick out of seeing them grow and find their confidence.
  • I greatly enjoy building tools for developers - whether that be through commercial projects such as Flying Sphinx), or by developing and supporting open-source libraries.

Beyond the technical skills covered briefly above, I feel I can also be quite good at the following:

  • Actively listening with colleagues and customers, and responding with empathy.
  • Finding consensus and shared understanding within organisation and project decisions.
  • Handling remote working and the challenges that come with it, such as balancing time zones for meetings.
  • Being welcoming and supportive of people from a broad range of cultures and backgrounds.

And some notes on how I work and the types of organisations I’m eager to be a part of. Companies that can tick off some of these would be ideal:

  • I’m leaning towards being an employee, but not against continuing as a contractor.
  • I’m particularly keen to work with organisations who are building products, rather than subcontracting or agency work.
  • I live in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia, but I’m open to remote roles (and even for local companies, flexibility of location is greatly preferred).
  • I prefer to work with diverse and inclusive teams and organisations.
  • I’m not interested in working predominantly for equity.
  • I’d love to work in companies that are making the world better.
  • I want to work in companies that take a stand for a more compassionate and inclusive world, in both words and action.
  • I prefer to work in companies that support me in being a part of the tech industry and community (through such things as attending, speaking at, and organising events).

I know no one place is going to have everything I want. Perhaps your approach to work and business is a little different? That’s fine, I’m keen to hear about new ideas and approaches! So please, if you’re unsure, err on the side of contacting me.

Posted on 28 February, 2023

Tagged with: work, life