October 15, 2013

From Busto to Robusto (Part 3)

Part 1: http://www.deucescracked.com/blogs/bosoxx34/102511-From-Busto-to-Robusto

Part 2: http://www.deucescracked.com/blogs/bosoxx34/102591-From-Busto-to-Robusto-Part-2-

It was a good thing I had another interview that day, it forced me to ignore how upset I was and focus on the task at hand. That day, the interview went well but something felt off. The interviewee and I got along well enough but there just didn't seem to be a mutual connection (Yes, I realize this sounds like an analysis of a first date). However, at the end of the interview he basically said "It's down to you and another guy, if I don't go with you I'll see if another team needs help and recommend you." It just felt weird. Anyways after that I pretty much chalked up not getting that job and started trying to prepare for my interview the next day with a different division at BOA. At this point I really had nothing to lose, however I was telling Kate that if I didn't have any luck finding a job I'd apply to Dick's or something and make it work. I had already worked a crappy job with terrible hours and we needed a paycheck from me in one way or another.

The next day was a 3 person interview, they started off asking about my poker playing. Although it wasn't scripted, at this point I had told the story enough times that it rolled off my tongue rather easily. The rest of the interview went well, but I had been through this before. The weird part is, before the interview I didn't even really know what the job was. It was called a financial analyst, however when reading the job description, I didn't really understand any of the requirements. Nevertheless I thought it went well and the next day (A Friday) while going to help Kate set up her classroom, I got an E-mail from my recruiter telling me the feedback was positive and to expect an offer.

It had felt like a 10,000 pound guerrilla was lifted off my back. Everything involving money became way easier. On Tuesday they called and officially offered me the job and told me I started on September third. On my start date I was nervous with a bunch of anxiety. Even wondering if turning around, going home and just getting another job was an option. I had no idea what I was doing, I had never had a job like this before, how am I going to like the people in my office, etc? 

Long story short, things have been great. I really enjoy my job. My teammates are great and have welcomed me in well. I had heard horror stories about BOA and how it's a dog eat dog atmosphere. I'm sure it is in some cases but so far I haven't seen it. As far as what I do on a day to day basis:

We do some odd jobs but for the most part we work with financial application that other divisions of the bank use. So anyways the application does is say you want to add/edit an account, company, etc in a database you can do it through that. We have 3 databases we use and we're trying to get it down to one in the near future

However what my team does is test the changes for application. Right now we're in version 5.1. So basically what we do is after version 5.0 is released, the teams that use the application come to us with improvements. We map them out and write out each scenario. Then we send them to be coded and they update it. From there we run the test scripts that we write out that test each scenario, and if everything works we send it to production and if anything fails  we iron on the defects and get it fixed.

So there it is, my long road to success. I've been very fortunate it many ways and am thankful I was able to find a job that I enjoy. Eventually I'll probably write a blog on what i could've done different and what I've learned from everything in case there are any college students who read this blog, but its been a long interesting journey that forced me to grow up awfully fast along the way. I still miss poker but am hopeful that in 10 years I can say that black friday was a blessing in disguise.

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."
Richard M. Nixon

Posted By bosoxx34 at 03:22 AM



kerwinty posted on October 16, 2013 at 05:41 AM


great post congrats!

TecmoSuperBowl posted on October 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM


Thanks for sharing. As always, a great read :)

Buby2132 posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM


Grats on everything.

2fouroffsuit posted on October 24, 2013 at 14:56 PM


Congratulations, great read and thanks for posting this. You shouldn't give up on blogging here completely either!


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