Been A While
I haven’t made a new post in a while. I recently started a new position and have been spending a lot of time trying to get settled and up to speed on everything as there are a lot of new things to do and learn.I am about a month in now and so far I have some pretty mixed feelings, some good, some not so good :).First off I am no longer using React, I knew this from the outset, but I am finding that I am missing working with it. I have a number of years experience creating UIs with React and am definitely comfortable there, so it is sometimes hard to tell if I am actually missing it or just a little uncomfortable working with a lot of new stuff.
What confuses me even further is that the new company uses Vue instead of React, which has many similar patterns and overlap, the problem is I am not getting to work with much Vue at all either, so far I am chopping websites together using Twig templates and less for styling. I am also having to dig into some PHP code, which isn’t ideal as I am completely unfamiliar with it.This leads to a lot of my days been pretty frustrating thus far, which is to be expected whilst I pick up the new skills required. However my concern is that I really prefer working with React than any of this stuff.
Now, onto the good stuff. The people are great, super friendly and always on hand to help. I have been assigned a really talented mentor and I am definitely learning a decent amount everyday.My output is good considering the short time I have been here. I am confident I am providing value, which is important to me.The problem is the things I mentioned at the beginning of this post. I guess I need to decide over the coming months if it is just all new and I need to get used to it or the job just isn’t a good fit for me.I am finally seeing the probationary period from the employees point of view. I am of course a little concerned that if I ultimately decide that it is not the right fit and look elsewhere, that leaving a job so soon after starting will reflect poorly on me.I would like to think not though, as long as I can explain my reasons, learn from the mistake and be sure to do more thorough research about any potential new opportunities in the future I should be fine.Right now I am on the fence, so like I said, I will give things time and see how I progress over the coming months and then decide.