“Content is a treasure that never fades off” Waheed said the famous Arabic proverb (Al qana3a kanzon la yafna) while discussing developers career paths and future at work.
“If that’s it, then Fadi(me) is the treasure itself” Nadia pointed out highlighting my content of what I am doing at work.
One another incident, coming from home at the morning singing (I have a bad voice, who cares?), and cheering my co-workers with a smile. She said “I envy you, you are always happy?!”
The truth is that while I am happy in my life where I know how to handle my worries and stress by living the current moment with the atmost happiness, I am not really happy about my career achievements so far.
For years, I have been responsible of the User Interface experience of the Web Applications developed here where I work. My work lies in a grey area between Web design and web development. And while I have good software graphical skill along with good technical skill of HTML, DHTML and CSS, I have always felt stuck in between where there has always been little room for improvement from both sides at a company where I am the only User Interface designer among 30+ developer!
The decision came quit late, and after many years, I realized that I have to move on to being a programmer in order to have a decent career improvement at this company. Not until the beginning of this year where I started getting technical training in order to be able to take on my new tasks along with my previous role as a UI designer.
It has been challenging, but yet amusing. My responsibilities have doubled/tripled, and I am overloaded with work now. My co-worker wonderement about my content because they are amazed of my capability of starting fresh at a time developers at my age are studying their options to change to other fields.
Actually I am not a really big fan of programming. I had to make this move that best suits my current situation at the company. I love the challenge and I know that I had reached a dead end before. I was not happy. I read “Who Moved my Cheese” (Check it out, an excellent book) and realized that my cheese is moved! I ran to find a better one.
I feel myself open to anything! I have no clear plan to my career for the coming years. IT is not really my thing, and I recently – thanks to reading and blogging -, I find myself interested in many other sectors to have as a career. I would like to move to a job with more interaction with people. Getting a Master degree would be a good way to work on changing my career, but I am still unsure of what I really want. I am interested in psychology, phylosophy, journalis, communication, art and history!
I have to assess each one very closely and check out how would I benefit from it as a Master degree without loosing my years of experience.
In the meantime, I enjoy my work. Wish I have less working hours, but all in all is good. I find enjoyment in little things. We clap in enthusiasm for having a nescafe break. Sometimes checking out our options of what to drink, hot choclate? Nescafe? Tea?! What to have for lunch?! Sometimes a little gossip, or a joke, at other times a phylosophical 15 mins break! It is always fun when you learn to enjoy yourself and like the people around you.
And one the side, I am enjoying the prospect of opening my own business (Ice cream shop) with my best friend.
There are always things to look for. Let’s grab the chances we get while enjoying the present moment.