This week I have decided to write about the long road. As we reach the end of the semester, it seems like a good time to acess the road ahead of me as a software craftsmen. Thus far, I have seen my road as just getting a software job. And everything else was secondary to that. That road included going to school, creating a resume, appying for jobs, studying for interviews, and interviewing. Many of these tasks included programming, but most of this time was not actually spent programming. Now I will be starting my first software job after graduation, and it is the perfect time to consider the road ahead.
Dave mentions that a craftsmen can achieve almost anything if he stays with his craft for 20 years. And that learning is a lifetime skill. He also mentions that the craftsmen should value long term growth over all else, including salary. I have seen online that senior engineers can make comparable salaries to technical managers. So I don’t think that craftsmen need to choose between salary and growing their craft. There seems to be plenty of roles that provide learning oppurtunities, and high salaries. But Dave argues that money should not be the main motivator of the craftsmen.
The action is to imagine my career 20, 30, and 40 years from now. It is difficult for me to say what my career will look like this far out. But I know that I want to work in tech for my entire career. I do know for the next five years I want to work as a Software Engineer. With the hopes of moving from Junior level, to a mid level engineer. From there, I may decide to take on a leadership role, while still focusing on the codebase most of the time. This could be a tech lead, or Senior Engineer role. Twenty years from now, I could either be in leadership, or a may be a very accomplished engineer. It would be very rewarding to be the guy that everyone goes to with questions, and I do like helping other people succeed. So this could be a good path. Thirty years from now I could see myself being a leader of a tech focused small business, or maybe freelancing. Going out on my own is something I have always been interested in. Forty years from now I will be sixty eight. So I will likely be getting ready to retire. But who knows, maybe I will still be coding at that time.