Published: 27 September 2017 I often hear a call to action “be yourself”. This phrase surely is one that has a vast sense and means a lot but I cannot fully agree or say that it is something that everyone does in day to day life. In other words, I feel that in order to be yourself you first need to find yourself.

Moving to Sagittarius

Speaking personally, I realised that a human being is more complicated inside than it may first look from when I was a little boy, and that the continuous process of searching inside myself, triggered long time ago, pushed me to consider a change in job role. 

To be honest after 4 years in the mobile games industry, it was not that easy to think about working with websites. But if you feel like something has to change in your life, it might not be a simple feeling. My senses were telling me that I was stuck in professional role without meaning. Therefore, as I did not want to put a limit on myself, I felt that there was a lack of a true challenge in my life and terrible hunger for the self-improvement, which then led me to Sagittarius.

The first thing, which made a serious impression on me was when I opened the Sagittarius website and viewed the page with team members’ profiles. For some people this may not be something extraordinary but I truly believe that it is a very important thing in our lives – to receive professional recognition. It makes you not a faceless employee but an individual with importance, and seeing all those shining people on that page was simply too much for me to decline the job offer.

Changes

From the very beginning I thought that a change in employment wouldn’t be easy and I didn’t want to make it so. A human body is very good at accommodating to different things so you have a chance to evolve essentially but only when you are forced and the ground is "shaking under your feet". Having everything new – development environment, work location, colleagues, etc was hard at first. Speaking another language (English) at work was not something completely new for me but it was also challenging.

However, I decided that it is not enough for me and besides switching my day schedule from owl to lark; I tried to watch my body – dieting and working out with dumbbells at home. Every day was really exhausting and after all those adventures I had my beautiful son full of energy, patiently (not really to be honest) waiting for his daddy to ride as a horse.

After the first month working at Sagittarius my first impressions were: wow I can actually handle it! I understood my new work process's and this finally gave me confidence. I lost about 20 pounds and changed my haircut for the first time in a decade - the fact, which made my wife to enjoy my work the same way I do.

More changes

Going further, I started to learn to drive by taking a number of driving lessons, I successfully finished them and purchased a car; made my first trip abroad to a Prodigy concert in Moldova and had an excellent rafting adventure with my new team over the South Bug. Too much change for the first few months huh? Well, I also took my first trip on an aeroplane to the beautiful city of Paris with my team – that was too much indeed!

Feelings

Speaking about all of these changes – that was not something crazy just for the sake of it. I felt all of this was something natural along with the new work process and abilities which started to empower me. I believe that this was a long awaited process of searching myself, sort of coming of age. Honestly, I believe that every person has an exceptional ability to control their fate by controlling their own actions. And I feel that changes, which I had brought to my life are kind of a bet that had payed off. I hit the Jackpot!

Credits

I think the main reason of my smooth adaptation process and receiving joy from what I am doing are the people at Sagittarius. I highly appreciated the warm welcome and wonderful time I have had since joining. Everyone is more than just friendly and cheerful and that allows you to grow your confidence and attitude and to believe that your work really matters.

I know that the way ahead will be adventurous. But I’m sure if you’ve got a good company and people around, you can handle everything. Even a trickiest cross browser front-end defect :)


Sergey Lavreniuk

Client Side Developer

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