February 25, 2011
Level 1 – Choosing a major
My path to SmarterTools was one full of choices. I started college studying psychology and then engineering but found myself constantly taking electives in computer programming. Eventually it dawned on me to follow my passion and major in programming. I did this by studying programming for simulations and games. I enjoyed the challenge in solving the complex problems associated with creating these types of software and I wanted to work in a comfortable and productive environment with like-minded people. Besides, I enjoyed my earlier studies in psychology and engineering and creating games was a way to combine all of my main interests into one area.
Level 2 – The job search
While searching far and wide for the perfect job after I received my degree, I was informed of a position for a software developer here at SmarterTools from a good friend and colleague of mine, Chase Thomas, whom had recently been hired here. I was still mostly interested in simulation and game programming, but I was compelled by my friend’s high recommendations of the company and its employees. I decided to check it out, applied, talked on the phone with their terrific HR manager and set up an interview. During the interview I had the privilege of meeting the owners of the company and was impressed by their dedication to both employee and customer satisfaction. They have managed to create a work environment that is not only highly productive, but very comfortable as well; just the kind of environment I envisioned were I to program computer games. Additionally, the employees working here are all talented and friendly individuals who get along and work together with ease.