Starting a New Chapter in my Career…

753,120 minutes… 753,120 moments so dear
753,120 minutes… how do you measure, measure a career?

Today marks my 4 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days anniversary at OverDrive, Inc.  This is the longest I’ve been at any company, and it will hold that record for at least another 4 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days.  That’s because today also marks my last day there.

Growing as a Developer

In my time at OverDrive, I’ve really grown as a developer. This was where I honed my C# developing chops and really started understanding my architectural and user experience points of view. I also had the privilege of working with some of Cleveland’s most talented developers. It was great pair programming with some, sharing lunch’n’learns with some, and just working with all of them. Not only did I work with great developers, but I really enjoyed working with everyone in the company as a whole. OverDrive staffers are friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to work with.

It was a great place for me to go 4 years ago. I escaped the brick wall of no growth and found a home in a company that let me explore technology and put it to use. Each project was a learning experience, and each of those experiences have helped me to become the person that I am today.

However, in those 4 years, I uncovered my passion for technology and let it run. I’ve gotten involved in various developer communities, speaking at events – including user groups and a national conference, and have found how to channel that passion for the good. I’ve found that I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and helping others out when I can. However, an 8-to-5 job has been getting in the way of me putting my technology to use for the greater good. So it’s time for me to move on.

Finding Growth as a Business Owner

I’ve always had the dream of owning my own business. However, I’ve never had the time to do it. Then I realize something… if I want it to happen, I have to make the time to make it happen.

Now I’ve had friends ask me… “Why not Sadukie LLC?” or “Why not make Sarahwares Productions official?”. While I’m known as “Sadukie” everywhere, it just doesn’t sound professional. As for “Sarahwares Productions”, it’s another site of mine that’s for side projects, but again, it really doesn’t sound professional. When forming my own business, I wanted a professional sounding name. However, I had struggled a bit coming up with a name. Special thanks to my awesome husband Kevin, I now have Cleveland Tech Consulting, LLC.

So if you hear about Cleveland Tech Consulting, LLC, now you know who’s behind it. I hope to be doing business with many of you in the future!

By sadukie

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