Remote Working Era & Toptal13 November 2018 - time to read: 3min
Hello My Dear Contacts,
I'm working as a remote worker for 3 years as Java Software Architect. I'm working remotely longer than office job. So, I can consider myself a member of the Digital Nomad family.
First of all, I'm totally happy with my decisions. Actually, at the beginning it was hard to take a first step and deciding to leave my previous company but after some time I realized that I can follow this career path too and I can live without worry about my job type (regular, remote..). I believed that the most important asset that I have is my knowledge.
So, after constructing my mind set like above, I started searching remote working opportunities. I tried some of them but I always wanted to be part of a company that Top Talents around the World are working and also wanted be part of a community that they are always trying to get better. As you can guess I applied to TopTal. I passed the first step and waiting for the next steps.
A little bit more about myself
In my previous job, I had chance to work in maintenance, feature and code quality teams. Also had a chance to work with legacy and newest technologies. Before then, I worked for 2 years at Turkish Airlines as a Java developer. I was responsible for Online Payment Systems and Fraud Management Systems.
My programming speciality shaped around Java and Java related frameworks like Spring (Web, JPA, Security, Boot), Maven, Junit (JaCoCo, Mockito, PowerMock). My database speciality shaped both around SQL and NoSQL technologies (Mysql, Postgresql, Redis) In addition to that I disciplined myself using CI and Sonar to increase my code quality hand to hand with unit tests. Also have enough experience about RabbitMQ, AngularJS, Rest, JSON mappers. Finally for my personal projects I used Heroku to have the power of cloud to prototyping fast.
I'm big open source fan. I believe that there are many talented developers are there still undiscovered.
Last year I created a startup and my software's job was to discover these talents and giving recommendations to developers with it's smart recommendation engine. After a year I made exit and hand over my project to an American Software Company.
Remote Working Advantages
I personally believe that my previous remote working experience will be good enough for taking first steps at TopTal. Because mentality of remote working is very different than regular job and it took for a while to get used to it.
So, in order to express myself and to help to other digital nomad applicants let me share some of the advantages of remote working.
- Working with talented developers
- Being more productive (learning more, becoming better at your area)
- Say goodbye to traffic
- Say hello to working with casual clothes
- Able to work from home, cafe, foreign country...
- Feeling lesser pressure from your manager, clients...
- You can schedule your own work hours better (but still you need to join online meetings and should be able to answer to your colleagues) It doesn't mean you will not work or work only nights. :)
- In general you have more freedom with you life
Another topic that I want to share my experiences is "sustainability".
I was thinking sticking to one team or project is key of sustainability. I was working with same team and project in my previous job for 2 years. But in my new job I worked with many different teams and projects in last 2 years. With the time I changed my mind and now it is not a problem for me to change team. Because each time I can meet with new teammates and work on new projects. So, I'm trying to be open to change.
So, is remote working sustainable career path? Is 3 years means sustainable? If so, yes. Is 5 years means sustainable? If so, I'll write another article about it if I can work as a remote worker until then. ;)
I'm finishing my article with following quote:
"Responsibility is the price of freedom." - Elbert Hubbard