“I would like to withdraw from being considered for a developer position and instead want to be considered for a support position. Thank you.”
I sighed as I clicked the “Send” button. The email was going to an HR person at a local company that I had interviewed with earlier that day. We had been talking about a programming job, and I made the mistake of griping about having worked in under less-than ideal conditions at my last few jobs. After hearing that diatribe, she asked me if I would instead be interested in a support job. I said “no” out of reflex, but I think it was more likely because I wanted the higher salary that the programming job would command.
I was deluding myself, though. I’m done with programming as a career. From a mental standpoint, it probably was over months ago, but I just didn’t want to admit it. Instead I chose to hang in there in the hope that things would somehow get better, but they didn’t, and so here I am.
I have always wanted to work with computers, and programming seemed to be a logical career choice. As time went on I gradually grew disenfranchised with it, though. It did not help that I have never worked in a place where things were done “right.” Instead, proper procedure and best practices were sacrificed to what I like to call The Altar of the Almighty Deadline.
I was chatting online with a friend about the whole situation shortly after the interview and during the conversation I had an interesting epiphany. I started to wonder if my disinterest in programming as a job was related to my newfound interest in creative endeavors. After all, I only really dove into creative things like writing, blogging and podcasting just over a year and a half ago.
I’m too lazy to look back through old blog entries and see if the two match up, but it raises an interesting question: am I starting to become more right-brained? If so, does it have something to do with my desire to get away from programming? The fact that I have also thrown my hat into the ring for technical writer jobs is also a telling sign.
Maybe I’m tired of being isolated all day at work and want to do something that involves contact with people, even if it is just over the phone or e-mail. I worked with some great folks at my last tech support job, and heck, if the company had not hit a rough patch and started laying off, I might still be there today. Or maybe its something more basic than that. Maybe I just want to be as happy at work as I am outside of it.
Whatever the reason, I’m look forward to embracing a different side of the IT field, and some opportunities are starting to open up, so we shall see!