Struck a chord
My last entry seems to have struck a chord with some people – many people. There were too many comments to respond to each one (last couple of days have been busy with travel). I did enjoy reading them however – they all seemed to come down to the following points:
- You do not peak in four years, that is not even sensible.
- You should do what you like, what makes you happy. If being a 50 year old visual basic programmer makes you happy, by all means – be that. If the thought of being a 50 year old visual basic programmer makes you cringe – run away.
- Find out what motivates you and make that part of your career path. You might enjoy programming but your major motivation is “X” and “X” doesn’t go along with programming. X might be money, might be travel, might be ‘being recognized as a manager’ – X might be anything. Fine, program at nights or weekends as your ‘hobby’ and do whatever motivates you. I have a feeling that the person that wrote this will be very unhappy down the road.
- Years of experience is no indication of quality, or depth of knowledge. You might have more than 20 years of full time experience in some field – yet be somewhat not competent in it. Quality and depth of knowledge is the only indicators of quality and depth of knowledge.
- Never stop learning. This morning I learned about a new grant that I had overlooked – “GRANT ON COMMIT REFRESH”. You might need this if you create on commit refresh materialized views that cross schemas. I find out something I didn’t know pretty much every single day.
Any way, thanks for the incredible feedback – I thought that was a pretty good discussion, the way it should work.