That’s what I do for a living, and that’s what I’m good at. But is it what I want to do for the rest of my life?
I remember a few years ago when I didn’t have a job, and used to dedicate most of my time to software development, solely for passion. One day I was chatting on MSN messenger with a good friend of mine, other than one of the most skilled software programmers I knew. Well I was kind of shocked to find out that he had a job in the managment field, I was like.. “you love development as much as I do, and you’re so good at it – why are you some kind of manager instead?”
I’m not sure of the answers I got at that time, but I do know that I can answers that myself right now.
As I grow older, I realize that what I would love the most is that all the skills and experience I made through years of software development would be a background for my work. A strong background, but not the central part of my work day.
In the last few years I’ve been building A LOT of fansites for passion: every project of mine starts with days of planning, a good amount of development and then countless hours of public relations, marketing, promotion etc etc.. Well the point is I find the last part to be the most enjoyable at the moment, expecially when things are successful. And I know I’d totally love to have a team of developers working for me to get stuff done, instead of doing everything myself.
Does that mean I don’t like software development anymore? No. Does that mean I don’t love it like I used to? No. Does that mean I’m looking for something “different”, something more? I believe so.
I’m not quite sure of how one in my position would go in order to acquire skills and competencies in fields such as managment, marketing, sales.. but I guess I’ll find out soon, and hopefully have the chance to switch to a slightly different kind of daily job. In the meantime, I constantly keep an eye on Microsoft’s careers website hoping I’ll get a chance from the company I admire the most. One day..