Why I quit my job as a software developer
I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with my life after this.
I’ll probably move somewhere I’m comfortable with, or try to find a job where I don’t have to think about what’s next.
But the biggest question remains: Where will I go?
If I can’t find a new job, what will I do with all the money I’ll save from my retirement?
For some people, that’s the question of their lifetime.
For me, it’s the biggest one I’ve ever had to answer.
But I’m here to help you understand why I quit.
For starters, I’ll explain how my experience with unemployment came to be, and why I still have a lot of faith in the human spirit.
In January, I had a meeting with a friend, Scott, who was a senior manager at a software company.
I told him I’d be starting a new career.
He told me it was a tough time for software developers, and we should all try to stay connected.
I wanted to take advantage of the new opportunity, and so we agreed to meet.
I spent the first few weeks getting ready to apply for jobs, but when I got to interview, Scott asked me what I wanted from my new job.
I said I wanted a new path.
I’m still figuring out what that is, but it was clear that I was interested in the opportunity.
Scott asked what I thought the job would look like.
I was shocked.
I thought, You’re kidding?
That’s a joke!
It didn’t take long before I realized what I was getting myself into.
I had no idea how much I wanted that job.
The first few interviews weren’t great, either.
I ended up getting interviews at a company that was only hiring for a few months, and then, after that, at a small startup.
All I wanted was to find the best company I could.
But that’s not how the process worked.
My new job was like the lottery ticket: a lottery ticket I had to win.
In my experience, there are a few common reasons why people quit their jobs, and those reasons vary from company to company.
Some people quit because they’re unhappy with the company, or the work environment, or with the team.
Others quit because of their own frustrations, or because they feel their career was too difficult or too risky.
But for me, my main motivation for quitting was the lottery.
I got a job that was a lot easier than I had imagined.
I could focus on doing the things I love most, like programming and writing, and I could work on my passion: traveling the world.
The biggest hurdle I encountered while starting a software career was my own fear of failure.
When I left my job in a startup, I realized I’d been too afraid to try something new.
I didn’t want to fail.
It was time to try.
The most challenging thing about starting a company, however, was knowing that it would probably take a lot longer than I thought.
And when I finally found a good company, it took even longer than it would have in my previous jobs.
I had underestimated how much my company was going to change over time.
I underestimated how my job would change.
I overestimated the amount of time it would take to learn, grow, and succeed.
I’d never really done anything new, but I had become accustomed to doing things I didn`t do anymore.
In the end, I just felt so overwhelmed that I quit, feeling so helpless.
When you’re a software engineer, you often don’t realize how much your work is going to affect the world until you’re in your 30s.
That’s when the big questions start to really hit home.
If I quit now, when are my life decisions going to start making sense?
Are I going to have any regrets?
The more time I have to reflect, the more it seems that I should stay.
It’s the same reason I’m worried about my finances.
I don`t have enough savings for retirement.
I’ve got too many things I want to do, like traveling and buying my first home.
I`ve also got too much debt, from paying off my student loans, to buying a new house.
It makes me worry that I’m just going to put all my savings into a portfolio, like a mutual fund, and that I won`t be able to pay back the loans or get my house.
The worst part of quitting is that I didn�t get to make any big decisions.
I just ended up with a lot less money than I expected.
After I quit the software industry, I thought I’d become a different person.
I started focusing on being a better person.
But by the time I got my life back together, I was back to where I started.
I learned a lot about myself, and a lot more about my work and life.