Last week I finished my workterm at GigPark.com. I’m now going back to University in September, but first I wanted to reflect on how well the job went. Much the same way as I’ve done the last time. 8 months ago I left my review thinking:
right now I would jump at an opportunity to learn something brand new, over doing more of the same
GigPark was more of Ruby and Rails, but it didn’t even come close to doing anything of the same. This little Canadian startup is full of big ideas, and I got to contribute to the design process and to implement a lot of the features. It felt really good to have worked on a project that is publicly accessible, and has a userbase of people other than just your boss. I can now claim to have contributed to building a little piece of the world wide web.
At the start of the job, I’ve pointed out how much fun it was, and it remained so throughout the term largely due to the awesome people (aww, I didn’t make it into the contributors list) I worked with! Noah Godfrey (you need to get yourself a blog), Pema Hegan, and Paul Dowman made for a wonderful team. It would be difficult to match the fun, challenging, productive, rewarding, simply amazing environment that those guys created for me.
During the last day, I was taken out for lunch, and presented with a going-away gift of a bunch of giftcards. Starbucks (coffee), Cineplex (movies), Futureshop (tech gadgets), and LCBO (I am yet to blog about having a party). Not quite an iPhone (*hint* *hint*), but little gestures like this do wonders for students, as it’s definitely a show off point for when everybody exchanges workterm stories during the first days of classes.
If there’s something I’d like to see improved in the future for myself, it would have to be a nicer office location (something with a coffee shop across the street), and a faster commute route (that’s also closer to my girlfriend’s house). Every other job metric will be difficult to beat, as this was easily my best workterm yet. Thx guys!