|Hi folks, throwaway account obviously.|
I'm a dev with a bit over 15 years experience. Right now I'm a senior dev working in "cloud computing infrastructure". I've hit a point of malaise and I need help.
Admittedly, calling my problems problems is a disservice to real problems. I get that. But I hope you can empathize with the fact that anyone in any situation can become unhappy and want to feel happy and fulfilled again. So, hear me out.
I need change. I'm not burned out. I'm bored, maybe. Confused, perhaps?
Problem 1: My comp is high (total comp > $200k last year), to the point where almost anywhere else I go will be a step down I feel. Having said that, I know if I randomly jump ship to another BigCo, I will keep that comp at least the same, and also pull down probably close to $100k in signing bonuses. So do I just bounce somewhere to pick up a pile of money?
Problem 2: My seniority is decreasing "hands on keyboard" time, which is what's made me happy since I started programming in second grade. So I feel like my reward for accomplishment is to diminish what makes me happy. Some weird version of the Peter principle...
Problem 3: I literally have no idea what I want to work on. I've worked on lots of different things over the years, and I'm at the point where I look at the landscape out there - and it's just "meh". I don't see much changing on a day to day basis from where I'm at now. Nothing is exciting me.
Problem 4: I don't want to go into management, and I'm having a hard time understanding how to grow anymore as a developer.
Has anyone ever been here before? How did you get out? The tl;dr is "don't find satisfaction in what I'm working on, look around, don't find anything appealing or any motivation to choose one thing over another." Is that it, have I just arrived at my professional plateau?