Why I’m Moving to WebDevStudios

I am very excited to announce that last Thursday (April 3rd) I accepted the position of Front-End Developer at WebDevStudios.  

This has been very bittersweet for me…it’s only been 4 months since I started working at WP Valet.  When I took the job at WP Valet I had no intention of leaving anytime soon.  I connected immediately with Mason and the rest of the team and looked forward to work every day because of that.

My only frustration was that I wasn’t doing as much development work as I would like to.  I thought I would need to wait a few years to learn php and javascript better before I would be considered as a serious candidate anywhere.  I also felt like that was something I could work into at WP Valet and was willing to wait. But when WebDevStudios announced they were hiring recently I decided (mostly on a whim) to apply and see if my theory was correct.  I wasn’t contacted for quite a while and during the wait I even told Mason that I had applied…even then I couldn’t imagine leaving WP Valet.  I thought the delay was due to lack of interest and that my suspicions my qualifications were confirmed.

After Lisa contacted me for the first interview things went pretty quickly.  The first interview with Lisa & Brad went well and we ended with a promise for me to show them some of my code samples.  I got that together and waited, still not sure what was going to happen or what I would do if something did.

Lisa contacted me last Wednesday for a follow up to the interview.  I thought it would be a ‘2nd interview’ and didn’t think too much of it so when she offered me the job it caught me a little off guard ;)  I did not immediately accept but told her I would need to talk to my husband and possibly to Mason.  I ended up telling Mason the next day that I was accepting the job….it was a really sad day for all of us.

I’m writing this partly because of this article (Why Company Culture Is So Important For Remote WordPress Developers) on the Tavern. I do agree that company culture is important and I want it to be very clear that

WP Valet is doing everything right.

I think they are building something wonderful and have an incredible future.

I chose to move to WebDevStudios for several reasons.  First, what a huge validation!  I have doubted myself and my ability so much,  I tend to measure myself against the best and feel like I never measure up.  A close friend said it well…”This is quite a change from 2 years ago when you were still trying to figure out what sql was.” …no kidding, I’ve definitely been on the fast track.

The deciding factor for the move had mostly to do with my family.  I think my situation is unique, my husband is 12 years older than I am and my career didn’t start until after raising my kids.  We’ve always joked about my working after he retires so that he wouldn’t have to worry about his 401K being enough. I wondered how we could make that a reality but I’m seeing it happen now.  How exciting!

I’m sure that I will remain friends with everyone at WP Valet, particularly Mason.  He is a special person and I’m honored to be his friend :)



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