So there I was.
I joked that programming is like the dark side of career paths. Its tempting to do because it looks fun from the outside. It would have been a nice change from pushing paper and excel spreadsheets to vendors about why X does not adhere to standard Y. To be able to go to ‘work’, and that ‘work’ means somewhere near civilisation. The concept is amazingly tempting, yet fraught with risk.
As I write this, I’ve been working at TFG for the past 9 months! I have various things to say but my work here has been very fruitful.
The majority of my time has been spent looking at the data analytics work that I was originally signed up to do. During slower times, however, I have been encouraged to help out with the others in developing web apps just like I hoped!
I have one current project in production, and another still in staging. I’ve had experience in the following technologies, languages and frameworks:
I’ve had to pick up a smattering of things, not limited to databases, ORMs, Continuous Integration tools or deployment tools.
In my spare time I’ve continued to learn at a fast pace and have touched on the following things:
That’s the story so far anyway. I’ll update this every now and then to see my present thoughts at the time regarding my career change choice. But for now I am still optimistic and hopeful. At this point I feel that the future will continue to see me learn new things, be challenged and do things that I actually want to do.
Finance notwithstanding of course. I’m about to lock in a large mortgage so I have been feeling the urge to return to engineering for the extra money. Let’s not hope it comes to that.