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Discussion on: The Developer Burnout Survey - Results

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Thomas Leon Highbaugh

This is why we have A) devrant and B) other careers we can do

Just because it looked good in undergrad doesn't mean you should force yourself to keep doing something you hate, or burns you out. Maybe try something else for a while, sure the money is nice but what's even better is enjoying your life. It took me years to figure out the law and the vile life of a lawyer wasn't for me, another few years of being hated and scorned by seemingly everyone to discover I was actually tooled perfectly for this field and sure I spent a decade broke but the money doesn't matter because compared to everyone I went to school with, I am the only one who is happy.

Maybe this isn't your field, which if you are lashing out at code or the thought of writing it, that's definitely the case. Walk away, find something else and give it some time. Maybe try sales, management, HR, whatever appeals to you or even go into government work (the state of California pays really well and let's be honest, they don't work very much. Sorry Florida residents...)

Or as I explained to the second year of relatives questioning my decision making at Thanksgiving, "Look at the end of the day, when I am about to drop dead laying in a hospital and I look back at my life, the last thing I want to see when I look back is decades upon decades doing something I hate regardless how 'good' it seems to anybody else or how much money I made doing it. After all I can't take the money with me and its not like anyone is crossing over with me to be the advocate for having wasted so much time doing what I hated. If you don't like my decisions, I am sorry but I don't like those reptiles in court rooms."

To any lawyers, not sorry and you all really are pretty miserable.

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Daragh Byrne Author

Yes. Totally agree. I think it's entirely sensible to question your career choices if you are persistently unhappy with them. I've been in the field for 20 years and have had a couple of occasions where I've seriously tried to figure out whether there was something else I could do. Even now, I work part time (four days) to give myself space for side projects, self care and all that. I don't think burnout is inevitable in a career but it is possible so being equipped for it helps.