Young Reacts #63 – Does It Spark Joy?

My manager left the company last Friday to become a software engineer again since she realized she found more joy in the creative process. I am sad to see someone who put faith in me go. But such is life. With two new members to join my team and without a full-time manager, the next couple of months will open up new opportunities for me to learn and grow.

PS: Her writing on her move, which I copied the title Does It Spark Joy? from, is one of those writings that make one ponder about one’s career and life. I recommend it highly.

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Software Engineering 🌐

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Helpful GraphQL Articles

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Business 💸

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