Being a contractor is wonderful.

When I first began contracting I felt a freshness and lightness to my working that I’d been seeking out for years. I felt more appreciated, less confined and more able to express myself in my work.

For a long time I thought all of those feelings and experiences had something to do with the outside world. That somehow the world was different because I was contracting.

Through the years I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world that I live in and I’ve come that little bit closer to understanding that my experience of the world is the one I create for myself.

The feelings of freedom, expressiveness and appreciation that I so easily attributed to some outside influence were really an indicator of the kinds of thoughts I was creating my experience from.

During the last few weeks of job searching I’ve been asked the same question by many recruitment agents: “What about going perm? How do you feel about that?” and my answer has been the same, although somewhat rote, to each one of them: “I’m not looking to go perm but show me what you’ve got. For the right company there’s always the chance”.

I was pretty convinced that I was going to continue contracting. I had a whole story in my head about what it would mean to go perm and what it means about me as a person.

Then I was introduced to, the TV and Movie streaming service that boasts a subscription-free service and over 2 million monthly users.

I quite like movies. For those of you who know me and Karina, we average 2 visits per week to the cinema and both have Unlimited Cards (We can see as many movies as we like for £15 a month!).
We also tend to watch 2-3 movies per week at home as well as other great TV (Game of Thrones, House, Spartacus [ok,ok, i did say great TV]).

Intrigued by the idea of blinkbox and the work they’re doing I was put forward for interview for a new permanent position they were offering. I was still quite sure I wasn’t going to go perm but since I’d been saying “For the right company…” I figured it’d be useful to find out more.

Suffice to say that after meeting the guys at blinkbox and learning more about how they work, their passion for what they do and their appreciation of the developer species, I was impressed. Very impressed.

Yesterday I was offered a position with blinkbox as their newest Principal Development Engineer and was please to say “Yea!”.

Someone jokingly asked me if I was going to be developing principles at the company and the more I think about it, the more that makes sense. Being part of a wonderful team is a lot about developing ideas, ways of doing things, and a culture within the company. More than that, every interaction is an opportunity to be of service and to be part of making a difference in someones world. I’m certainly looking forward to developing those principles.

As for my thoughts on switching from contract to perm, they’re just thoughts. My experience of freedom, enjoyment and creativity are mine to explore and when I notice that I’m already free, that there’s nothing outside of me in this world that can take away the value of any person, I remember to wake up that little bit more and enjoy being present to a fantastic opportunity.

I’m excited to get started at blinkbox and I’ll let you know how it goes.

You can find out some more about blinkbox here


  1. Posted June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, and welcome!

  2. Jamie
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Robbo!

  3. Kate Simon
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Congratulations Jamie, and look forward to meeting you soon. BTW (apologies, I have to police this as I’m the Marketing Director) blinkbox is all lower case, not BlinkBox ;o)

    Welcome to the team.

  4. Jamie
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Thank you Kate, I’m looking forward to meeting you too.

    Cheers for the headsup on the branding. I’ve changed the casing in the post to be lowercase.

    Be well and see you soon!

  5. Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    well done jamie, i went perm this year too after 9 years freelancing and travelling, i’d say its a good choice when you find the right company and the kind of work that inspires and expands your horizon.

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