Being the weird guy that I am, I've been thinking what would be the most important lessons I would tell myself, if I had the chance to go back on year and talk to myself. Professionally this past year meant a major leap forward, but it was also a pretty damn hard year - so here's the lessons I've retained working the past year at Sapo. An warning, this is a The Host styled entry, so if you're not really into some schizophrenicish, move along.
For the last couple of months I've been working at SAPO. For those who the name doesn't ring a bell, SAPO is pretty much the biggest "web centered" Portuguese company - it's owned by Portugal Telecom and if you look it up on Alexa you'll probably find SAPO's homepage figuring on the top 5 most visited websites of Portugal (right after Facebook, Google and Youtube).
I've been integrated on the SAPO channels team. We basically develop and mantain all those "satellite" websites that are owned by SAPO - from recipes, to gossip, sports, ... you pick a topic and it's very likelly that SAPO owns an website dedicated to the matter.
These are my first impressions of the company and projects I've been envolved in.
A month ago I've written about how my first big interview had been an huge success. Well I got the job and since the 15th of last month I'm working for AGAP2 as a PHP Web Developer. AGAP2 is a Portuguese IT company whose main business area is outsourcing. For someone without any previous experience in working in this regime, I was kind of thrown to the "wolf's layer" (aka the client's office) the day after I signed my contract. This is the narrative of my first month as an IT consultant.