Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Over My Head

I applied for a job last week as a forms developer. The job description said that you would need to know how to create forms in HTML and have some XML experience. I have used some XML and HTML editors in my day, but I don't know a whole lot about the coding. I thought I would apply anyway.

And to my surprise, I was called in for an interview. And the interview went well. The recruiter asked me some questions that I was able to field. And then she told me that she wasn't really a technical person, so whatever I would have said would have been great to her.

I left the interview feeling quite good about the whole situation. She said that there would be a lot of learning on your own time to get things figured out, which is fine by me, as the position is only part-time. After getting home, it really sunk in—I was applying for a position as a programmer, and was being seriously considered.

I have had a bit of experience programming, and am trying to learn more about programming, but at this point, I am still quite a novice programmer. I think that I might be over my head a bit, but it will be good (should I get the position) for me to learn more about programming. I have played a bit in VBA scripting, and wrote one simple macro in Excel to help gather everything for our metrics, but I have never created and saved files. I hope I will be able to learn and get paid for it.

It is kind of odd for me to think that I might have a position to add to my resume that labels me as a programmer. It will probably be a bit of a headache to have such a steep learning curve, but I have nothing better to do with my time right now, so I am going to go for it. I'm hoping the call comes through that lets me know that the company wants to talk to me. The recruiter thinks that I might be a good fit with the company, but they let the last person go after about one week because she was asking too many questions. My mental note during the interview was not to ask a whole lot of questions, and just figure things out on my own.

It looks like I'll become a member of some programming forums. If nothing else, it will get me a jump on my iPhone programming.

On a semi-related side note, I have decided to create a video to introduce myself on my About Me page. I have never done any flash programming, but I think I'll try. I have a script in mind, but now have to learn a lot about Illustrator and Flash before I can get the actual video going.

Off to the drawing board (literally)!


Lana said...

Good luck. I'm glad you are up for a stiff challenge.

Johnny said...

I find myself lying awake in bed at nights because my mind hasn't had the opportunity to do enough mental gymnastics for the day. Even though this new position will be part time, I think it would challenge me in a way that I haven't been challenged before.