I’ve been meaning to go to a developer conference for a few years and finally decided to go to the NDC Conference in Oslo.
Why? I hit a rut and couldn’t see where I was going any more. My career to date hasn’t been the usual:
I started off swapping keyboards and mice after not being able to get a developing job after University Import 30,000 contacts in 3 hours after writing an application to do it for me getting me noticed within the company Became the Head of IT for a financial organisation in Cardiff within 2 years for a company with 150 staff Downsize with the company over 3 months to 6 staff due to the recession and then rebuild the company to 80 staff within a year Quit the 9 to 5 and start up a company with a friend in my Dad’s garage Build the company up to 30 staff in Cardiff Company relocates to Dublin as do I during the week for a year Leave the company and start a contract on Sunset Boulevard 6,000 miles away Start a family and realise the commute so get a new contract 2 miles from my house The career fear has started so quit the contract start a contract in New York for 1 year Go back to the local contract for 9 months then start a new contract locally I’m starting to feel that my career isn’t progressing and I hate the thought that my day to day will continue like this until I can retire (at time of writing I’m 32).