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Fifteen Years is a Long Time (Sunday, June 17, 2012)

I was reviewing my résumé this evening, and I'm starting to feel a bit old. Because now that I think about it, I've been getting paid to write software, professionally, almost continuously for more than fifteen years. Wasn't I supposed to be retired by now? I guess that's the economy for you! I'm really fortunate to have spent most of my career with two great companies — webMethods for the first two thirds, and Metron Aviation for most of the rest. And a few other shorter contracts, internships, and assistantships thrown in for the variety. I spent over nine years at webMethods. I'm not sure I can stand to spend another five years writing software, but if I do, I wouldn't mind spending a full nine years with Metron. I never liked the idea of job hopping — I know that seems to be the most popular way to bump up your pay, but it seems like the best thing is to find a job that's awesome, and just work your way up within that framework. From beginning to end at webMethods, I ended up more than doubling my pay. I'm not sure I can swing that at Metron, but I'm going to give it my best shot! With any luck, my next change in jobs will have me running a company of my own...

—Brian (6/17/2012 12:00 AM)
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