How my aspiration to become a Senior UI Developer came to life
They say it's who you know not what you know when it comes to changing jobs。 This may be true for some。 But what I really think happens is the people you know let you peek behind the curtain of a potential workplace and see what a great place it is to work。 This was certainly the case with me and my friends at REA Group。
Knowing that two of my university mates had completed grad programs at REA Group and gone on to great roles, as well as having had a chance meeting with a Spacely User Interface (UI) developer at a CSS meetup, made me determined to join the company.
Though I didn’t tick all the tech boxes on the job ad, I went for it anyway.
My strategy was to showcase what I did know and express my eagerness to get up-to-speed with all the cool and latest tech being used in the team.
Spoiler alert: I got the job.
When I started, I was simply looking for the opportunity to learn。 What I didn’t expect to find was just how much opportunity there is at REA。
From the get-go I leveraged employee mentors and took as many free courses provided to upskill as I could in the areas directly relevant to my role。 The people pairing practices within the team means that sharing knowledge is at the forefront of our daily work。 And I am often humbled by the selflessness of people at REA to teach and support one another。
I think the beauty of REA is that once you’re comfortable in your role, you have a unique chance to spread your wings and grow to be the person you’ve always aspired to be.
Becoming part of a tech community.
The tech community has always been an area I’ve felt very passionate about and it’s great that REA Group shares that view. What started as assisting with interviews to help build the amazing community of UI developers, progressed to doing talks at our UI Guild.
Now, I’m a leader of the UI Guild trying to encourage others to grow. One of my proudest achievements in this space – organising after hours workshops for women in tech, which was generously hosted and catered by the events sponsorship team. Growth opportunities like this, both technically and personally, are part of the many reasons I love working for REA.
Getting my first promotion.
Being promoted to Senior Developer was the first promotion I’ve ever really had. At REA Group each employee has a career plan and set the goals they want to achieve over the year.
As I took on more responsibilities, my manager recognised that I was beginning to display some qualities of a senior developer. The promotion then became an acknowledgement from the company for the work I was doing both within my team and externally. Since moving to a senior role, I’ve been given the opportunity to mentor one of our new 7.0 grads, which has allowed me to further develop my soft skills and ability to help grow those around me.
I come to work each day knowing that I have every opportunity to learn and grow。 And that REA Group will support and encourage me at every step along the way。 Do I consider myself lucky? I sure do。