Four Months In Review: Blogging, Stockholm, and Employment Woes

Four Months In Review: Blogging, Stockholm, and Employment Woes
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It's been over four months since I revamped my blog with a fresh format. Originally, I envisioned publishing one article every week, focusing primarily on Swift and iOS programming. However, as often is the case, life didn't quite align with my plans.

About a year ago, I made the move to Stockholm. Living in this city has been a delightful experience. However, my employment journey here has been a series of ups and downs. The company that initially brought me to Stockholm, and graciously sponsored my visa, underwent an organizational shake-up in early July. As a result, my contract was terminated. Fortunately, they provided a three-month notice, giving me some breathing room to explore new opportunities.

The summertime in Stockholm, while lovely, isn't the best season for job hunting. Many are away on vacation, and job openings are notably scant. Against the odds, I secured three job offers. Confidently, I accepted one that felt like the perfect match. Everything seemed on track with visa processing, paperwork, and contract formalities. However, a week before my scheduled start date, they abruptly paused their hiring due to unforeseen financial constraints. This was not only disappointing but also seemed rather unprofessional. I promptly revisited the other offers, but those roles had been snapped up in the interim.

As of now, the hunt continues. The clock is ticking, as I have less than three months to secure employment. If I'm unsuccessful, my visa will expire, and I'll have to leave the country.

Yet, every cloud has a silver lining. This period has given me the chance to concentrate on my side projects. I've honed my skills in SwiftUI and various Apple frameworks, even launching an app. It's still in its nascent stages, but the initial metrics are encouraging.

Once my professional life stabilizes, I'm excited to share new articles that I've been brewing in the background. Until then, here's wishing everyone well. Keep coding and chasing your dreams!