April 23, 2010

Moving On

October 2008 was a fantastic time. I had just started my "year off" - turned into 16 months ;) - from University, quit my Sales job at AirSource and was looking for a job in the industry to give me some real world experience. My lack of Python lead to an unsuccessful application at VendAsta. It was very kind of VA to refer to me zu. A week later I was through the interview process and was accepted as a full-time developer.

I was psyched. A real job.

Since I started zu I  was part of the PotashCorp team. Started with maintenance and was part of the reprogramming team. The redesign was a fun project with lots of ups, downs and learning. It was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

January 2010 I went part-time to continue with my University. My original year off had turned into a fantastic 16 months of full-time employment.

Last week I resigned and am done zu April 29th. It was a tough decision, but one I had to make for myself. I have a new opportunity doing contract work for SaskTel Labs.

I learned a lot at zu. How to better manage my time, better communicate my ideas to people that don't have my thought process, design patterns I'd never heard of before, writing more efficient code and teamwork.

Why am I leaving zu? The main reason is change. I've been doing some kind of LAMP work since I've been 16/17. Either playing around myself or working. I need an opportunity that will help me learn new things, and at SaskTel Labs I have that opportunity. It sounds like I'll be working on BlackBerry, Android and SproutCore related things. I'm psyched, again.

I will dearly miss a lot of things at zu, especially the atmosphere. It's been an amazing (just under) two years, thanks for the opportunity and I'm sure our paths will keep crossing.


  1. You'll be missed man. It's only a matter of time before we end up working together again again again.

  2. Hey Joey, once again...stealing my thunder ;-)

  3. Haha, thanks guys. I'm sure we'll be working together again Devon. It happened when we moved from 2web to zu, and it'll happen again.

    Sorry Alex, I can't let you have all the spotlight all the time. :)