Recently, I worked for a very large e-commerce company in the North of England named “VisualSoft” – recently voted as the one of the top 100 uk tech companies but it’s always different looking outside-in.
I’ve always had the mantra of, if you’re not happy in your job then change. I tried to make as many changes as I could in terms of improving the software but was met with management who didn’t want to change or have time to deploy resources into other areas (like improvements – if you weren’t paying for it to happen, then it simply isn’t going to happen – something that is the case for a lot of companies, losing sight of why they really started in the first place).
There was always a consensus between developers that things had to change and improve and when you’re a software company, they’re the most important people – and you must listen to them, otherwise, like events, you end up with a high turn over of staff who need to relearn everything in an ever expanding system – something that’s very time consuming and no active development is taking place during that time period.
I’ve since left, moved on to a smaller company working with Amazon’s Cloud with people who listen and care about their product and the future of it – doing what I love and reigniting my passion for web development
It’s always difficult leaving – you get attached to the people not the job – but if you find yourself wondering quite what you’re doing “here” and wondering just why other people have stuck around, you need to go – find, go and do something that you want to do and take time in doing so, to really find your calling – a job just isn’t a job, you’re going to be spending most of your life there.
What’s the moral here? if you’re not happy – find another job. People get so stuck in their ways and thinking there isn’t anything better out there but really, there is! After I announced I was leaving my manager told me that other companies out there aren’t any better – that’s so untrue, I don’t think this just applies to a single career path but even if you’re not happy working in that field – move into something else.
There was a famous song from Baz Luhrmann called Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) which is very interesting – one of his lines;
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…
the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Live by that advice! You very much get one life and if you’re not doing what you want to do then why do it?