Technical Architect Mehdi Rahman reflects on his time at makepositive and the lessons he's learnt
4 years is a long time in any part of our lives.
People might leave reviews on google, glassdoor, LinkedIn. But you might not get the full context. So this post is my story about my time at makepositive.
It was a lovely summers evening, a youthful, bright-eyed eager version of Mehdi joined a company who he’d heard good things of, but still questioned is this pink – TOO PINK?
Joining on my first day, I saw a number of familiar faces which is quite common in the Salesforce space. There were soo many different personalities in makepositive but they all made me feel welcome in their own way, from a mumbling grunt to a surprise hug. (There’s no more hugs in 2020, thank you Covid-19)
My first engagement was quite challenging as I was dropped in the deep end. But that’s exactly how I like it.
My projects varied between short 6-week quickstarts to a 2-year programme of work.
Don’t get me wrong, there are always ups and downs. My time at makepositive wasn’t always a walk in the park. But there have been plenty of lessons to be learnt from everything that happened.
The projects really have their own challenges and there is certainly no one-way to handle people. So being a senior member of staff there were a fair amount of times where I had to diffuse situations and get projects back on track. These are the situations which really help build character and mature me as a person.
With more recent additions to the business, there are some fantastic people in the company. I can certainly hand on heart say that some of the processes that makepositive apply in projects are industry-leading.
But the highlight of my time here is that the people here have been fantastic, I regret not spending more time with my colleagues as they’ve become my friends.
Covid-19 has reminded me to appreciate certain things and allowed me to see how people affected my life. More recently I’ve had personal issues and out of nowhere a few colleagues gave me the support I needed that I couldn’t find even among my family and friends. These people threw me the lifeline I really needed. I’m not sure you could find this anywhere because that culture is unique to makepositive. Fortunately, I happened to be in the right place at the right time to help me through this tough year. The closeness is one of the beauties of working in a boutique and everyone should experience that in their career.
It has been such an adventure and I’ve grown into a new person. I’m really looking forward to the challenges that await and who I’ll become in the next 5 years. I can’t see this being the end of the story for me and makepositive, who knows there might be a sequel?
But to finish things off I’d like to publically state that the colour grew on me and it’s exactly the right amount of PINK!