I'm a Web architect for ISITE Design Inc., a Web development firm in Portland, Oregon. We work with all sorts of companies to develop Internet branding of their products and services.
I started working here last summer, right after graduating from college. My main job at ISITE is getting content from databases and getting it onto the Web pages that users view. My other duties include maintaining our office computer network and making sure our computers are functioning properly.
Professionally ? Almost one. But I spent most of my time at school doing exactly what I'm doing now when I wasn't in class. So dating back to when I purchased my first computer and started making my first personal home pages, about four years.
I attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. While there, I spent the first two years floating around and going to some of my classes. Then I kicked it into high gear and made up for lost time the last two years and earned my BS in computing science with a minor in mathematics. It was a great time with great people.
I knew the founders of ISITE Design from our time together at Linfield College. I always stayed in touch and made sure I was learning the right technical skill set to be able to join the ISITE team when I finished school.
I work 40 to 45 hours a week, in the office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. I ride mass transit 40 minutes each way to work and I usually spend that time reading books related to work. I also just purchased a computer, so now if I really need to fix something I can do it from home. I don't know if that's a good thing, though.
|"I just purchased a computer, so now if I really need to fix something I can do it from home. I don't know if that's a good thing, though."|
Get my e-mail and check the Web sites I check every day -- cnn.com, slashdot.org, iwon.com, msn.com and some others.
I generally take an hour break for lunch starting at noon, but if I have a meeting run long then I just push it back. Half the time I get takeout from one of the restaurants near my office or I bring a sandwich or something from home to heat up in the microwave. In the summer I eat outside and take advantage of the wonderful weather we have here, but in the winter I stay inside and play video games with my co-workers.
Things can get tense at anytime in our office. Either we're pushing a deadline for the launch of a new product or a client project malfunctions. If the site malfunctions in the middle of the night, then from the moment I'm in the office in the morning, I'm spending my time fixing the problem. If a client project malfunctions at 5:50 p.m., then I'll stay as late as needed to get the problem corrected. Times like those encourage us to test the heck out of everything before it leaves the office so it doesn't come back to haunt us.
I'm having a good day when I wrap up a project that I've been working on for a long while or I've fixed a problem that occurred.
I try to not take work home other than some reading material for the train ride. But I have access to everything at my office from home. So if I can't fall asleep some nights, I'll get on my computer and work on stuff for a little while. That helps me want to fall asleep pretty quickly usually.
My work is helping pave the road of a new revolution in media. The sites that we make cover the full span of new media. We've developed content rich sites solely for distribution of information and education, and we've developed site that people can surf for hours and just relax.
Probably not, I feel there will be a point in my career where I will be able to say that I've done it all and it will be time for me to move along. When that time comes I cannot say, but it will probably happen. An option I'm considering is teaching or working in higher education, so when my children are ready to go to college they will be able to go where I work for free, and then I'll be able to spend all that money I saved up for them on myself instead of their education. It will be wonderful.
1) Teaching - to teach computer science at a college would be great 2) A Rock Star - there would be nothing cooler than to be a rock star, all the glory of an athlete without as much hard work to stay in shape.
Not commenting their code.
|"If I can't fall asleep some nights, I'll get on my computer and work on stuff for a little while. That helps me want to fall asleep pretty quickly usually."|
I have a couple of options to relieve stress. At work we play basketball on a kids' hoop. We play games of H-O-R-S-E, but we're geekier so we play H-T-M-L. If it's not game time, I can just take a walk around downtown. There are lots of parks to go to and sit down and relax whenever needed.
I have more than an hour each day on a train commuting, so I get to do lots of reading. Most of it tends to be work-related, learning technologies that will help keep the office running smoothly, but every other month or so I throw in a book just for myself. The nerdy books I've read are "Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets and Solutions" by Joel Scambray, Stuart McClure and George Kurtz (McGraw-Hill, 2000, Second Edition); and "Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2000" by Barry Gerber (Sybex, 2000). The legitimate "for pleasure" book I'm going to start really soon is the first Harry Potter book.
Knowing that I'm going to have a good time at work because the people I work with are incredible and they make it a joy to be there. We're all young and we can all mix together. If I'm not having the best day, someone else is and they'll talk about it and we'll find some way to make fun of their good time and lighten the mood.
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