- Working all day in the same place
- With the same people
- Doing the same tasks
- With no tangible output
- And no physical activity
Does this bother you at all?
I'm nearly through a year-long software engineering internship at an oil services company and I'm thinking about dropping software and doing my masters in Petroleum Engineering with a view to moving on to a job as a Field Engineer, travelling regularly and servicing oil wells. Working here has given me an insight into the industry but perhaps the most imporant lesson learned has been that work is not just about getting money: its about your lifestyle and so many other things.
I like programming but I don't think I could be happy with the 9-5 lifestyle forever, and especially not while I'm still young -
- I want a job that allows me to travel,
- to meet people, to do something physical
- and with an actual tangible output -
all the things that a software job just doesn't seem to give.
I have so much energy and I feel like working in an office all day just sucks it all away, like I'm wasted in this environment.
So has anyone been through this? Are you happy with your job or do you miss certain things?
Considering the bullet points, do you think the software industry is inherently low in job satisfaction?