As of yesterday, I have been working at Volcanic for a year.
I have already shared some aspects of it, like what the culture is like, and how is it to work with the rest of the team.
In my current position, I also write more about it: how to progress, how to make a plan, and how to advance in your career. It is important to do that to move forward and not stagnate.
One year ago I was in a very different headspace. I would not be able to think about growth, career, or projection back then.
I bring value with my work. I have the knowledge, I have the experience, and I have a good amount of soft skills. However, my joining Volcanic is not a case of achieving a goal or moving my career forward; it is a case of being given an opportunity when I was not having one.
So, which is it? Am I working at a place with a good culture and opportunity to grow? Or am I just working at a place that would hire me? And the answer is both.
If I am now in a place where I can share what I keep learning, it is because they gave me a chance when others wouldn’t, and they are connected. A place where your experience and soft skills are more valued than your current employment status is also the place that will not just exploit what you already bring to the table but also allow you to learn and grow.