Weekend Discussion

Friday February 25th, 2000

Most of our readers have jobs doing computer-related work. Not all of those readers find their jobs enjoyable. If you could have your ideal job in a computer-related field, what would it be? If you are in your ideal job, tell us why it is ideal. Related to that, how many hours a week do you work, and do you think it's reasonable? What would you consider a reasonable work week? We're interested in getting an international cross-section, so if you live outside the US, we'd love to hear from you as well.

#15 Escape

by vinn

Friday February 25th, 2000 9:07 PM

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For the past 3 years I worked for a small consulting firm doing largely sys admin and custom programming work. Before that I spent a year and half doing web design crap (back in '95 we kept complaining it wasn't worth doing because all the good stuff had been done...little did we know..).

That was ok, but when 10 hour days become common and nary a thank you comes down from above it gets a little disheartening. It's not that I wanted to quit, it's just that I had no reason to stay (note to employers: little perks make a big difference).

So about 2 months ago I quit, moved to Colorado, and started skiing. As a "ski technician" my checks are about 1/3 to 1/4 what I was making before. But I've skied the past 50 days in a row and I'm loving it.

Would I like to jump back into the corporate world? Hm.. I'll have to think about that one.