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Career of Doom

May 10, 11:45 AM · from the mouth of Jake

I thought I’d pull the references to my career into my own post. I’ll let someone else worry about the Japan comments. ;)

Yesterday I went to an interview with a startup in New London. It sounds like they’re planning on offering me the job. I’m hoping I can get the weekend to think about it. They’re working on the issue where small businesses have a bunch of pieces of software, like Quickbooks, and zero integration with their other software and their web sites. The “bastards” are working out of a building right on the water. It would be more code than general web development, but using PHP, what this site and most things I write are in.

I’ve also been thinking about what a couple you mentioned, as well as I’ve heard from others, about striking out on my own and doing contract and freelance work.

Last week I met a few people up in Boston, including an Irish boy (well, descended, like me) who owns a place looking for a developer.

The issue that I’ve found, and touched upon already, is that I have no idea what I want. I think I used to have some ideas, but they were all young and foolish. Nowadays all my concentration has been on things to do outside work, like traveling. I’m not certain if its my current job burning me out or what but let’s just say whenever I’ve been getting the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years, career wise?”, I have no answer.

This is just another rambling as I’ve done in other places, talking out loud so to speak.

I think I’ll try Kate’s idea of making a list this weekend. Hopefully that’ll help me get my head around this.

So to summarize, I can do one of the following; Go freelance, take general time off (Kate doesn’t seem worried I’d have no money), move to Boston and try to get a random developer position up there, take another local job (seems startups like me), unknown…

PS. Andy, if I went anywhere with you I’d only have a problem with the Frisbee Summer League Tournament being on the 11th of August.


Sound off [6]

  1. Iak responds with:

    PPS. The windmill header background rocks my socks.

    · May 10, 12:22 PM
  2. Tyler responds with:

    Yeah, wow. That’s pretty heavy decision making you’ve got to do Jake. I know a lot about indecision when it comes to your career. Not as much first-hand, as I’ve been pretty lucky so far, career-wise. But Jess hasn’t known what she wants to be when she grows up since she was a little girl. In fact, she read a whole book about career indecisiveness, which said that people like her are called “scanners,” and they are constantly hungry for something new and never want to commit because after they’ve been at something long enough, they feel satiated and want to move-on to something else. But I don’t think that sounds like you. You’ve got a real sharp skill set, and you know (basically) what you want to do. I think.

    Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and offer you my two cents: Asses how you feel about the New London gig. If you’re not in love with it, don’t take it.

    And if you can afford to, do something to nourish your soul. Something big. Go backpacking in the Amazon Rainforest. Or go meet the Dhali Lama. Or go help save the polar bears, or join the Peace Corp. Or get a job at a summer camp. The summer I worked at Hidden Valley Camp in Maine was the best summer of my life. I’m sure they’re hiring right now, and you won’t regret it. Hell, you mentioned visiting Ireland with your mom… why not MOVE THERE?! Just for a year or something. I’m sure there are PLENTY of opportunities for a web developer in Dublin or Cork or Galway. Or, have you thought about going to grad school?

    All I’m saying is that once you’re married and have a house and children and all that, it’ll be WAY harder to do something big. Take advantage of the fact that you’re not really tied down to anything yet.

    So yeah. Ponder that for a little while. And keep us updated.

    Love, Ty.

    · May 10, 01:18 PM
  3. Tyler responds with:

    Hmm. This is odd. GoofyGuys is saying my comments can’t go live until they’ve been approved by a moderator. I’m guessing you’re the moderator, Jake?

    · May 10, 01:20 PM
  4. Iak responds with:

    Well actually we’re all admins so you could have edited yourself. :) It was because you used a handful of links (good on ya for it) so it wasn’t sure if it was SPAM.

    That’s definitely plenty more to think of. Thanks TyTy.

    · May 10, 01:43 PM
  5. Andy responds with:

    I’m glad to hear the job offers are flying your way. That’s always a good sign!

    Really, though, I agree with Tyty. You’ve got a ton of freedom to experiment with living differently, whether it’s changing careers or going someplace new or doing something crazy – you should take advantage of that! Just please don’t join the army…

    Also, there’s nothing wrong with young and foolish ideas. Many an illustrious career has started with such plans – just look at any composer, or any video game company. Remember our former dream of starting a game company together? It still could happen… weren’t we gonna call it “Megahard”?

    As for going south, I can’t do it until probably the 3rd week in August, which may actually work with your frisbee thingy. Lisa may be able to come if I don’t go all the way to Mississippi, but that also depends on her family’s vacation plans. Alas, she has a limited number of vacation days, one of the perils of being employed.

    · May 10, 04:43 PM
  6. Iak responds with:

    Young and foolish? Well I flip flopped like a bad Kerry joke over the weekend. Yesterday Christy and I came to the conclusion that New London would keep paying the bills and I could keep looking. The only problem is, if you’re not gung-ho about a startup and you’re looking for another job, you’re not exactly going to be doing your best work, and they probably wouldn’t want you there. Not very fair to them. And then Kate gave me a quote about being ambitious. So I went, duuuuuur… and started drooling on myself cause I was back to square one.

    Did anybody see the Amadeus reference on Family Guy last night?

    · May 14, 10:41 AM
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