So if you have read any of my other posts you probably got the hint already that I love my current career as a software engineer. I worked for many years in a tree care company and after going through that misery I think I would be much happier doing pretty much anything else at this point but don’t think I could be much happier with where I landed as a software engineer.
There really are too many things for me to list about what I love about my job but the first thing that comes to my mind when I ask myself this question is the actual labor and work part of the job is pretty much at an absolute minimum. I don’t think I really need to explain what my environment and cubicle look like for you out there but for any of you who have absolutely no idea what a software engineer does, I sit at a computer desk for about 95% of my work day and type away on my keyboard. I never in a million years thought that this would ever be something that I would say I would be enjoying but I think I am a little biased after working a labor job for so many years that this is just my ideal work place. I don’t have to worry about waking up with a sore back in the morning or have the ever looming little thought that today might be the day a bone is being snapped or a limb is being dislocated from some freak accident (thank goodness himself I avoided that whole nightmare…) I really have no risks doing my job and it is absolutely glorious.
I really don’t want to sound arrogant in any way shape or form but I must say that the pay is another huge pro of this job that I can’t ignore. I’m making almost double what I was pulling in as a tree guy with no risk of injry at all. I’m not filthy rich by any means but I’m definitely making more than I thought I would be when I was younger. I can afford a decent 2 bedroom house and can go out to eat whenever I want… That is definition of success in my book.
There really aren’t many cons I can think of to be honest. I guess the only thing I can really think of is the people I work with. Let’s just say that they aren’t necessarily the type that I would go to the bar with. The majority of the guys I work with are in their mid 40’s or 50’s and live the typical family lifestyle which I really can’t relate to quite yet. Their idea of a crazy night out on the town is heading to buffalo wild wings without the wife and not using a napkin on their lap. Hey, more power to you if you can have the time of your life at the big BW3 but I haven’t quite gotten there yet.
Another con I would have to pick would be the lack of any demand for any type of physical labor. You could do my job if you were the next star of TLC’s my 600 lb life if you can move your hands and use your brain. Other than moving your fingers and wrists you really don’t have to leave your chair to do what I do. I am loving every moment of this now but I can’t help but worry a little bit about my health and looks down the road. But we will cross that bridge when we come to it.