After a year and a half, my time at hinge comes to an end. I am thankful for the time I have spent there, people I have met, projects I could work on and all the knowledge I have gained.
I would like to share my thoughts about the last year and a half. And as crazy as it sound… it all started with a tweet.
Back then I have just finished my first year at uni and wanted to get some industry work experience under my belt. Along with some really good tips, I got an email from Phil, a director at hinge. Few messages and a video call later, I got an internship offer. Don’t underestimate the power of social media, folks!
The internship was actually a great starting point, as it let me learn without the pressure of deadlines, but obviously I also wanted to earn some money! My knowledge and attitude were at the right place, and 5 short weeks later my dream of signing a contract as a junior developer came true.
You know this feeling when you know you are where you’re supposed to be, and getting up on Monday morning feels great cause you can go to work?
That was me. Heck, that still is me 18 months later!
What have I learned?
During my time at hinge I was exposed to a lot of new technologies and cool software but also multiple little things, like emailing clients or attending zoom meetings (which were terrifying to me before, now they are a day to day thing).
Also, me being me (aka loving lists and being able to retrospectively look back and see progress), I have noted which technologies I get to know in the 15 projects I get to contribute to.
Working on real life projects and solving real issues is, in my opinion, the greatest and fastest way to learn and grow. I still very much love frontend development but also started to like the backend a bit and discovered a passion to develop mobile apps.
Thanks to the experience those projects gave me, I started thinking about every possible outcome of user’s actions, making sure to notify them what is happening. And no more focusing only on the happy path. Everyone thinks differently and whats obvious for you, may not be obvious for someone else.
I have also changed the way I write code, from ‘yay it works! I’m not gonna touch it”, to “Ok, great, it works, let’s refactor it so it’s readable and takes the least lines possible”.
Another positive I have notices is how my design skills have improved. Even though designing was not part of my tasks, implementing good designs gave me an insight of how great designs should look like.
Plans for the future?
It’s a great privilege to know what you want to do in your life and which direction to follow. And I know for sure that I love being a developer and can’t wait to start my new adventure in the new year!