Discussion on: What Are Your Career Goals?

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So my old response to this has always been "to be better than I was last week", and this is always going to be a goal for me. But over the past couple of years I've come to really take notice of the fact that a great deal of difficulty in software engineering is rooted in people having to read code that they are unfamiliar with; either because they didn't write it, or because they haven't looked at it for a while.

My goal, at least right now, is to at the very least, influence people to think about simplicity for their future colleagues, or their future selves. Write that nested loop if you must in order to get to a working solution, but then go back and re-write it in a way that future colleagues will thank you for, once you understand the logic. That sort of thing.

In terms of goals in terms of career etc., I have never been especially ambitious in that area. As long as I'm happy day to day, that's all I need. And I'm fortunate enough to work for a company that contributes toward that factor, rather than taking away from it.