And Just Where Do You Think You’re Going?

Well, lookie here. Two posts within 30 days of each other. I think I’ve set a personal record for this blog. Let’s get right to the post then.

When I had to leave SC to come to GA for my job, I hated the thought of doing so. Which is odd when you think about it because in 2009, all I wanted to do was leave SC. Anyways, I felt like God wanted me in SC, but I couldn’t mesh that with what I had to do for my work. I came to work in GA and settled in with my job. I was never a fan of the technical work I did, but I grew to enjoy some of the people I worked with, and I made quite a few friends with people I worked near. I couldn’t shake the idea that I wasn’t meant to stay here. Cue the interview process with Google. You all know how that went down. If you don’t, just read this post.

Around the beginning of January, I started reaching out to companies again because I didn’t want to stay where I was. I had many potential leads and many friends helped get my resume into the hands of recruiters. Some in SC, some out in CA. I was completely blown away by how many people I had willing to help me.

And then, my friend Mike introduced me to a company called SPARC. He began working there in February, and I hadn’t heard anything but good things about it. So, when Mike offered to send my resume up, I gladly took him up on that offer. Nestled in Charleston, SPARC is a young company, only founded in 2009.But the company has a culture that is one I’ve wanted to experience for a while. The employees there have a desire to do their best, create the best, and be the very best version of themselves they can be.At least from what I’ve seen.

One step led to another: a recruiter called me to get a general idea about me, then she scheduled my programming challenge, next was the video interview, and finally was the on site interview. My recruiter Jill was a blast to work throughout the process.

On site, I realized SPARC has many amenities that software engineers have come to enjoy, including free coffee. But the amenities aren’t what makes a good culture, and SPARC prides themselves on their culture. Neither is foosball or any other type of activity. But put those things together, add creative problem solvers together in a fun environment, treat them like adults that can manage their own time, and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. This type of environment reminds me of the best times I had in college. Times where we may have stayed up until four in the morning working on a project, but it was done, and done well, and we enjoyed it.

So when SPARC called me and offered me a job starting mid May, I said yes. So where do I think I’m going? I’m going back to SC. Back home. And on to SPARC.