I spent way too long chasing the title and the paycheck, only to turn around when I thought I had ‘made it’ to realize that I was miserable. Job environment aside, I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do, and as time passed, I was moving further and further away from hands on development.
Took some time, but with a lot of encouragement from #SQLFamily on twitter, a bit of belt tightening, and a move to a pure dev job, I finally felt like I was on the right path. Thanks to the universe throwing me a seriously good bone, I landed in a job I like to do, working for people I respect both personally and professionally, and things are amazing. The company I work for shares a lot of the same moral views, so instead of getting behind a company to help them succeed so I can keep my job, I can get behind the message and morals of the company.
I was visiting with some friends this weekend and they all kvelled at my getting a position with such an amazing company. I didn’t realize it until someone pointed it out – whenever I talked about the company or someone here, I was grinning from ear to ear. Granted, I have been here less than two months, but I had a good laugh at the fact that yesterday afternoon, I was looking forward to coming in today.
We all deserve to be happy. Like I said, I got REALLY lucky that this one fell into my lap. The point is, look around at your situation. I’m not saying that everyone needs to change jobs or be as drastic as I was. Just open your eyes and look and see what you’re doing and see if it makes you happy. If not, what does? And What would it take to get to that? Is that realistic?