Like much of the tech industry, my employer has had a bit of a rough patch lately (although exactly how rough is a topic of debate). I just started there in November of last year. My role is DevOps Consultant in the part of the company that basically does consulting (hence the title). The result of doing consulting work is that it can be… inconsistent. I had the misfortune to be hired right as the pipeline of new projects dried up, so I spent more time “on the bench” than would normally be expected for a new hire. As a matter of fact, I didn’t get my first independent assignment until March. I’m pretty sure that was just in time to save me from getting laid off.
Needless to say, it’s been stressful.
But on the bright side, it seems that the project pipeline is picking back up. Not to jinx it, but I’ve been requested for several new projects even though my current project doesn’t end until mid-June. That’s a big change from January and February when I was spending most of my time trying to make myself busy with learning and internal projects. Apparently my skills (web development, specifically) are in short supply.
So anyway. It is nice to be wanted.