My dream job

Saturday, August 31, 2013 Jason Weitzel 0 Comments

I have been thinking a lot lately about my job or jobs as it is. It has really got me wondering what my dream job would be. A dream job is one of those ideas we all have as a kid, but I wonder how many people actually end up in that job. I know that while I was growing up, I never would have guessed that I would be doing what I am now. Maybe I never though of it just because I was never told it was even an option?

For any of this to make sense, I should start by explaining my current jobs. The one that I would consider my primary job, mainly because it pays my rent right now, is working as the lead of a software engineering team. The code we make isn't something flashy, like a game or website either. Instead, it is software that almost no one will ever see and we are successful when our customer doesn't know it is there. What this means to me, is that it is hard to take a lot of pride in the work since it is something that almost no one will ever see or care that much about.

The second thing I consider my job is the thing I never expected to be doing. It is working on my novel, website, and everything else involved with both of those. Right now, I make exactly zero dollars from this job, if you can even call it that. The funny thing is, if I had to pick from one right now, today, I would pick my writing job. At the time of this writing, less than 15 people have even seen my book and most of them are friends or family, so I can't say that I am doing it for all the fame. In fact, most family members look at you with one eyebrow raised if you tell them that you are writing a novel.

Now back to my main discussion, what makes a dream job, a dream job? I can't say that I am more skilled at writing than programming, in fact, I don't think I am that great of a writer yet. As a programmer, I get promotions, raises, and most importantly, a weekly paycheck. You would think that I would just love that job right? The truth is, I don't feel like I enjoy it much at all. At this point, I can't remember a time when I ever did.

Something to point out is that I have only been working on my writing seriously for only about a year now. It is something that is new to me and I really only gave it a try on a whim. It was one of those things that I was like, "huh, yeah, that sounds neat. I should try that." It was all based on some random post on Google Plus about NanoWriMo. After reading that post, I somehow began this journey of spending almost all of my free time writing. When I look back, I don't even remember why I cared enough to drop everything I was doing to try it.

Makes you wonder don't it? I mean, it means me wonder at least. If I would have tried writing back in high school, would I have enjoyed it? Would I have decided to get a major in it instead of computer science? Or did it really take until that day for me to realize it was what I wanted to do? I am sure I saw random posts about NanoWriMo before or at the very least, something about writing anyway. Why did it peak my interest so much on that particular day?

So here are my thoughts on it. I think that as I went through school, I had a natural talent for computers. As I took classes and met more and more teachers, they saw that talent and helped push me in that direction. Not knowing any better, I went along with it. When it became time to pick a degree for college, I remember laughing at the journalism major and english majors. "What could they ever do with that degree?" I joked. Then after college, I looked at all of the possible jobs, by all of them, I of course mean only the ones about programming. When I made my selection, it seemed like what I needed to do. I don't think I ever said to myself, "Wow, this is the job for me!"

Now that I have started writing regularly, I feel like I could actually say that. If I could quit my day job and just spend all day writing, I would. Maybe there will be a day that I can do that, but all I know right now, is that I am going to keep writing. What I am going to keep hoping, is that my dream job will someday not just be a dream.

And now for my advice to all of your out there. Go try something new! Take on a challenge that you never would have imagined yourself doing. Joins clubs, contests, or whatever it takes. You never know, maybe that next thing you try will suddenly turn into your new passion.

Just because you can't quit your day job doesn't mean you have to stop looking for one. Good luck. :-)