2016 Jul 04

Your first job can be extremely important in deciding whether or not you have made the right choice for your career. Many students graduate thinking that they will enjoy the line of work they have chosen only to find out the industry is not at all what they expected. That first impression can be the deciding factor in whether an individual continues with their career path or decides to take another route. All employers are different however and no single employer can be a representation of the industry as a whole.

I had heard many horror stories of students being unable to find work or they did not enjoy the work that they did find. Ultimately they ended up needing to return to school to acquire new skills. I was worried to say the least.

Two years ago I found myself in a position that many students experience. I had graduated from my college program and although there was a sense of relief by completing my education I knew that it would be short-lived. The real world was ahead of me, but I did not know how far my knowledge would take me. I had heard many horror stories of students being unable to find work or they did not enjoy the work that they did find. Ultimately they ended up needing to return to school to acquire new skills. I was worried to say the least.

Upon graduating I was fortunate to land a summer contract as a user experience designer which helped me continue learning new skills. This job however did not provide me with an exciting experience. I was somewhat segregated, left to work on my portion of the project on my own - there was very little feedback or cooperation and it felt quite lonely. The project was disorganized and the development was left unfinished upon reaching the end of the contract. This left a sour taste in my mouth, but I was passionate about the Web and I knew that I wanted to find more work in the field.

As the end of the contract approached I had lined up interviews with various employers throughout Ottawa. I had a pending job offer from a small startup when I received an email from one of my professors about a Junior Web Developer position at Industrial - It sounded like the perfect fit for me so I submitted an application.

I like to think it was this opportunity given to me by Industrial that really gave me a chance to get to where I am today.

Initially I was not successful landing a job at industrial. I followed up thanking Industrial for the opportunity to apply and be interviewed thinking that would be the end of it. That's when Industrial offered me a small part time contract where I would be able to display my skills. I like to think it was this opportunity given to me by Industrial that really gave me a chance to get to where I am today. After this short contract I was offered a three month full-time contract which then led to my full time employment at Industrial.

Upon arriving at Industrial’s office in Westboro the first thing I noticed was the atmosphere. Industrial immediately felt professional yet relaxed. There was an employee working on a couch in the lounge, another at the kitchen table, and others could be heard having discussions down the hall. It was a surreal feeling that calmed my nerves at a time that I would normally feel anxious.

In my time so far at industrial I have had the opportunity to work on a large variety of unique projects and it is Industrial’s amazing clients that make this possible. I have had opportunities to work in many different technologies ranging from content management systems such as Drupal and wordpress to javascript frameworks like Angular and React. It’s working with these varying projects that has allowed me to not only further develop myself as a professional but also keep my day to day fresh and exciting.

Since I began working at Industrial I have seen it grow as a company. Industrial is forward thinking, constantly adapting to new technology, we stretch beyond our comfort zone and take risks in order to stay ahead. Industrial embraces new ideas and has come up with great solutions as a result.

Industrial is as much a family as it is a team.

That said, if I could only praise Industrial for one thing it would have to be the people. To me coming into work each day is more like I am spending time at a home away from home. Industrial is as much a family as it is a team. We have a shared sense of humour, and respect for one another and there is a synergy in how we work. Everyone has their own unique skills that work well with the rest of the team and it allows us to develop quality work. Industrial hires great people that are not only skilled and knowledgeable, but also have a personality that fits with the team. Industrial is as much a family as it is a team.

Industrial has fantastic leadership that I look up to:

  • Our CEO Jeff Horne is very hands on and team oriented. He brings  an energy to the office that keeps everyone motivated and productive.
  • Laura Mindorff our Director of Operations always has an upbeat attitude which radiates onto the other team members. She keeps everyone focused and on track.
  • Our Technical Director Derek Ethier is knowledgeable, experienced, and extremely hard working. Derek is someone I aspire to be like.
  • Megan Goodacre is our UX Director. Megan has a keen eye for detail and is very inspirational. Megan has a fantastic balance of professionalism and playfulness which adds an integral component to the atmosphere at Industrial.
  • Our Lead Developer Scott Burlington brings a nearly unmatched level of expertise to the team at Industrial. He's someone I feel I can go to with any question and he will always have an answer.

Industrial has given me many reasons to love my job. They have given me a lasting impression that has me excited for my future. I am passionate about what I do and Industrial plays a big part in fueling that passion. I've only been an employee with industrial for a little under two years, but I feel that Industrial is a place I can be for many years to come. Don’t let failed opportunities discourage you from finding your dream job. Not every employer is a perfect fit for you in the same way that you may not be the perfect fit for a job.