I got hired as a consultant one time, to write Crystal Reports. They placed my cube in the middle of the Call Center. I could actually not hear myself think. I worked on these reports for a while, knocking them out one at a time. The manager seemed to like the progress and I continued to work on these reports.
Soon another manager within the organization found out about my reports and asked if I could assist with some of their departments work, which I did.
And then another manager had me do some work for them. And then another. I wrote some .net and Visual Basic apps and worked on some SQL Server stuff.
The thing was, my recruiting company had me working as a 2 month contract. At the end of each contract, they would extend for another 2 months. And another. After a while, since I was recently married, I asked to go full time. The company agreed an made an offer, a lot less than I was earning at consultant. I asked the recruiter if they could ask for a bit more. However, next thing I knew they implemented a hiring freeze and no new hires were allowed. So I asked to be moved to another client.
A few months later, the prior company asked if I was still interested in working there, I said yes, this time they offered less money than before. When I went to resign from my current contract, they offered me $20k more to work for them. And I got an offer to work full time as a Senior Java developer for $10k more.
I went with the Java position because I always wanted to program in Java. It seemed like a good decision at the time. Plus it had better benefits which I needed because I was now married.
Thing is I did great work for both contracts and never stuck around to reap the rewards.
It's funny how our careers shift and turn.
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