It’s actually somewhat frightening for me to think about it, the old cliche about how it ‘feels like just yesterday we started’ is still ringing true in my head. But with the completion of May 2018 , I have officially turned one at Catch Themes. I did undertake some work experience and completed some freelance projects before joining Catch Themes.
Let’s not dive into some self-indulgent drivel, I thought I’d reflect on some of my experiences and what I’ve learned from them in my first full year as a WordPress Developer/Happiness Engineer.
Being assertive does not make you an arsehole.
My First day
It was a fine Thursday morning when me and my colleague Ashish Rai joined Catch Themes. It was a bit of surprise to know that both of us were joining the same day. I was introduced with all the team members and we had a great time interacting with each other. We had some snacks during the day and some chitter-chatter as well. To be frank I was anxious or apprehensive because every thing was new to me. To some extend I was comfortable as well; the reason was my college friend Pratik Shrestha and my friend Mahesh Maharjan were already working at Catch Themes. After all it was a day well spent with lots of things striking in my mind.
It has been an incredible journey till now to get an opportunity to work in a reputed and well established company based in Nepal. I would like to thank Sakin Shrestha for providing me a slot and believing me to be one of the members of Catch Themes. I would like to thank Pratik and Mahesh for their unstinting support for 365 days. I cannot forget the support of all the team members throughout the year. Although it has been a year but it feels like my first day was yesterday. The motivation and enthusiasm is at the highest level which drives me to improve myself every day.
I still remember writing the lines I included with the Call for Speakers form for WordCamp Kathmandu 2018. Speaking at Front in WordCamp would be the first time I gave an presentation in front of a techie crowd. My topic was to discuss about Building Secure WordPress Themes and Plugins . To my great surprise, I received an email in my inbox a few months later stating that I was selected as a speaker. Now, it was a mix of emotions with nervousness and enthusiasm. Again it was the support from Sakin Shrestha and team which boosted my confidence to speak in front of a huge crowd. I would like to thank all the helping hands and especially Sunil Karmacharya for the support and help during the preparation. I would like to wish him a success for his new venture, Fun Photo Stations.
You can watch my video from WordCamp Kathmandu 2018
If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later!
– Richard Branson
Fun and Fitness
Apart from the regular work, we sometimes went for movies, team dinner, we had some awesome trips and and outings from office. We went to shivapuri village resort for one night stay. Our next trip was “Trip to Bandipur” for Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 Celebration with Catch Themes Family. I joined Bfit Exclusive soon after joining Catch Themes and all the credit goes to Sunil Karmacharya for helping us remain fit and healthy. I would like to thank him for all the motivation and help during this period.
To wrap up, it was incredible to be part of Catch Themes and will continue for years to come.
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