Ruben Arakelyan

Hi, I'm Ruben Arakelyan, a London-based full-stack web developer. Find out more about me or about this site.

Much Happenings

7 August 2016

I don’t blog for a week, and look what happens! In the past week, Kevin Cunnington was announced as the new head of GDS, taking over from Stephen Foreshew-Cain. Naturally, there had been intense speculation about the move in the days beforehand, much of it vastly overblown but nevertheless unsettling to GDS staff.

I Did This

24 July 2016

Before I know it, it’s the end of three weeks in my new job and I’m starting to understand how all the bits fit together.

Two Weeks In

18 July 2016

Doesn’t time fly by so quickly when you’re having fun and learning? Another week has gone by and I am starting to get into the flow of things.

My First Week at GDS

10 July 2016

I started my job at the Government Digital Service at the start of this week, and what a week it’s been! Just before I started, I read Alice Bartlett’s post on Six months at the Government Digital Service. The post is so similar to my experiences so far that it very much feels like I wrote it myself. I kept that post at the back of my mind during the week, but came back to it when writing this post to see if my experiences reflect what she experienced around two years ago.

Progression

26 June 2016

Six years ago, I started my working life at a very large multi-national company. At the time, it seemed like a great opportunity — the open career path, the great benefits and a large number of graduates to embark on this journey together.