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Thread: Work-Life Balance, Career Direction

  1. #1
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    Jun 2009

    Work-Life Balance, Career Direction

    I originally trained as a programmer, and worked for a couple of years in PHP/web development.

    I found: horribly long hours, socially isolating work, businessmen who got their kicks out of paying minimum wage (admittedly I was too fresh out of college to have the skills to negotiate a salary package). Unrealistic deadlines set by business people with zero understanding of the tasks at hand. Being on-call. All in all, serious work-life balance issues.

    I've also worked as a graphic/print designer for a year or so, which... I found to be a pretty enjoyable lifestyle, and it seemed to be easier to live a balanced life. But, obviously, this path is very difficult to make a living out of.

    Now, with a few years behind me, I've been free for a while, and I'm trying to figure out what to do next with my life.

    Honestly I'm not likely to find a job as a graphic designer considering I don't really have the background/qualifications/portfolio for it. I could re-train myself to be a programmer again; I'm still reasonably fluent with CSS and HTML; PHP/Javascript would take some re-learning, mainly to get my brain into the right gear again, but it would be do-able.

    What I'm concerned about mainly, is work-life balance. It's important to me that I be a reasonably balanced person - I like to socialise, exercise, read books, want a girlfriend, etc. I like technology, but honestly I don't want to be that socially-isolated programmer anymore.

    Now, I'm a much more mature, grown-up person than I was a few years ago, so I have no doubt I'd be better at balancing it this time around - and negotiating a salary package - but my question is, what are your experiences and thoughts about work-life balance? What is your work-life balance as a developer like? What about others you've met?

    Honestly, so far in my career, I can't say I've met a programmer that I'd consider to be a balanced individual. Some were okay, but most were the socially-inept, extremely-attached-to-his-code stereotype. If I don't want to go down that route again, where could I go from here?

  2. #2
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    Jan 2012
    It's all up to you. What advice are you waiting for? You're that person you build yourself, all other stuff is razzmatazz. And I do not believe that programming is kinda' job that is BOUND to change a person which is willing to stay him/herself.

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