Goodbye Telefónica (Germany), Hello ShareCommService (Switzerland)
Yes, you read that right. Today was my last work day at Telefónica, where I worked since June 2007. During that time, I learned a lot about how good customer service should be, and even more about mobile networks and mobile devices (phones, tablets and more). During that time, I also started my dev story in my spare time – all because there was not a single fishing knots application available for Windows Phone (read more here).
This lead to get recognized also within Telefónica as a developer, and so I was asked to concept and develop the application Friends & You (nope, you can’t download it as it is an internal app). I learned a lot about how corporate apps aren’t that easy to concept and build during that time, as well as as how restrictive corporate rules can be. After all, I had a few challenges to complete. Thanks to Friends & You, I was also able to dive into the world of Xamarin, where I learned a lot about the application structures of Android and iOS (which will be helpful for eventually porting some of my Windows Phone apps to those two).
I want to say thanks to my colleagues, you´re awesome! Keep up the great work you´re doing in Customer Service.
Back in September then, I opened up my Twitter app and the first tweet I read was this one:
I opened the attached document and read the job description. As an self-thought developer, I first was about to close it and put it aside as “read and done”.
Due to the head count freeze at Telefónica after acquiring e-Plus from KPN, there are no chances to become a real full time developer within Telefónica for the next time. But that is what I want to do. After reopening the document and reading it again, I decided to get in contact with Roman Mueller (who I knew from Twitter already).
We talked about the job itself and the circumstances behind the announcement. After a few talks and a visit in Switzerland, the decision was made. I am starting the next chapter of my developer story in January, moving to Switzerland, where I will add deeper SQL knowledge, WPF and a lot more to my development knowledge.
At this point, I want to thank ShareCommService and especially Roman for all the help I received already to make this all happen and get started.
It is going to be an exciting journey for me (and my family), and we are ready to go.
Happy coding everyone!