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5 Lessons after 5 Months of a Full-time Job

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As revealed by my GitHub commits, it has now been more than five months since I started a full-time job as a Software Engineer ๐ŸŽ‰1! It’s been an incredible journey so far, and my imposter-syndromed self still can’t believe I haven’t been fired (yet) ๐Ÿค“!

Over this time, I’ve been writing down some thoughts about being employed full time. It has been a new experience for me, since it was a major shift from being a full-time student, and also something different to summer internships like I had done in the past. Alas, I’ve decided to share some of my freshly learned lessons with the world!

Before we start, a short disclaimer - this blog will be a general reflection on working full time, and not specifically as a Software Engineer (there is a plethora of great resources if you’re looking for that). Having said that, let’s dive in!

I’ve decided to split it up and publish this as five separate posts because I don’t like long blog posts โ€” here they are:

Lesson 1: Everything Becomes More Expensive #

Lesson 2: Time Becomes Scarcer #

Lesson 3: You are not Your Job #

Lesson 4: There are Things other than Work #

Lesson 5: You Start Losing Options #

  1. It has actually been more than 7 months now โ€” I’m beginning to think these delays seem to be such an integral part of this blog by now that I should rebrand to something like “Words with a Delay”. Speed is tricky. ↩︎