[SATLUG] Burned out programmer

Alex Bartonek bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 12 16:49:31 CDT 2011

Actually yes, I was in the same boat about 3 years ago.  I've been programming since I was 15, professionally since I was 20 (I'm 37 now).  I got burned out after 19 years to where I wouldnt want to code at home.   I had a few projects I was working on but I dumped them and they just sit.   Currently I'm a Unix Admin here at work for about 3 years now.  It's been a good transition and now I actually find myself wanting to code...*at home*.   You should give it a shot.  Being able to wear multiple hats is also good for the resume :)


--- On Fri, 8/12/11, Donald L Wilcox <dwilcox at neonnightrider.com> wrote:

From: Donald L Wilcox <dwilcox at neonnightrider.com>
Subject: [SATLUG] Burned out programmer
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
Date: Friday, August 12, 2011, 10:32 AM

Hi everyone,

I've been thinking about this for over a year now, and I thought I should ask around and get some ideas.

I'm 25, in school currently finishing (as of last week) a B.S. in Math, and I have thought about a few paths to take after that. Before last week, I was a CS major because I work full-time as a developer, big interest in computers, etc. etc. I've been a professional developer for over 5 years now, and I have to say, I'm burned out with programming--so much so that I don't enjoy it anymore, and I can't think of any other career paths to transition into.

I've tried writing in new languages just to see if I need to code in something other than HTML, CSS, JS, Java, and PHP, but to no avail, and at this point in my career, the work always turns dull, monotonous, and mundane, and I have accepted that no matter what I try to do, I can't keep the interest going.

What I do enjoy is more sysadmin and systems programming stuff (command line stuff, DB systems, server administration) and a little bit of security (although programming security applications is not my cup of tea), but I don't know if moving into a sysadmin role is the right step or if it's even possible since I don't have any certs and not sure my current job will let me get any, and I'm not sure yet if the biz dev roles are my thing either since I've never worked in that realm.

Has anybody ever had a similar situation?

Donald Wilcox
Web Developer
Phone: (210) 651-2087
Cell: (313) 478-6323
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldwilcoxjr

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