Originally Posted by ER
I know this has been kicked around in the past, but anyone else bored with their work? I'm about at the end of my programming career. I work on a great team for an excellent company doing C#/.NET (a hot technology) and I STILL can't get motivated to get back to work. We just finished a big release and I'm either burned out or just plain out of gas. I can't gear up for the next big project, hence my recent posting on the site (
I've had to have therapy on my back for the last 3 weeks and found an interest in PT. Perhaps I'll go back to school...
I know what youíre talking about.....
I was a web developer for three years in my first job. Always said that I wasn't a programmer but rather a sys admin, but my main role was programming. I learnt a hell of a lot of stuff and became pretty damn good at what I do during the job.
What a lot of people don't realise is that programming has a massive emotional roller coaster attached to it. If itís working then is a high seeing the code in your minds eye then making the computer do what you want, knocking out hundreds of lines of code a day. but on the other side the job sees you starting at a single line of code for two or three days straight being depressed and frustrated as hell.
After three years I was no longer learning new stuff and not getting the emotional high from punching out the same code day in day out. But still running into the bugs, and being the dumping ground for other peopleís bugs didn't help much either. So rather than go insane I left that low paying job (should have done that during the boom, not after) to look for a sys admin role.
I fell into a contracting role for a IT support company, not really what I was looking for but it allowed me to top up the dwindling bank account, I was promised some pretty sweet opportunities and put on a much better wage. Only problem was my first main project was developing a web application they wanted to produce.
Plus I was never given the promised roles. So that job didn't last too long.
Now I've found the role I was *really* looking for. But every now and again I loose motivation, eventually you kick yourself in the pants and get back into it but there is the niggling doubt of whether you should change careers completely.
I find the best way to combat this is to do a few projects you are interested in as well as the stuff that the company wants you to do. Mix it up a little, with any luck that will help you get through until the 2 year point rolls around.
I work of a Health industry based company which dabbles in PT, and there are definately some nice sorts working in that industry. Getting into HR will give you some nice male to female ratios as well.