More details than is necessary:
Right now I never get pushed to learn, or think, or (sometimes) even do
at my job.
I would like to work at a place that pushed me a little, giving me problems to solve that were within my grasp but not rote or routine. I'd love to build and maintain things—scripts, modules, whatever—that did something meaningful.
Right now I have to drive my job instead of the other way around.
I don't mind being self directed, but the solution space for any given problem at my current IT job is fundamentally limited, and I'm not high enough in the hierarchy to push for more than very minor changes. Basically, the most I can do, the most I'm wanted
to do, is sometimes automate MS Office documents with visual basic. When I'm feeling ambitious, a database might be involved. Occasionally I build a small Access app.
I feel like I could grow into any number of positions quickly, but I don't have direct evidence of that. I don't have experience being a part of a software team or a web development team. And who would anyone want to hire someone that doesn't have that kind of experience?
I'm in California and could move anywhere in the state if I was needed to. I have enough spare time that I can work on learning a particular skill/language/software or creating a portfolio project.
More than anything, I want to feel like I'm heading in a good direction--in a direction that will lead to more satisfying work.
I see a careers section at Pinterest.com
, and I feel fundamentally inadequate. Software engineer? I'm a software engineer the way a janitor is a sanitation engineer. Redis? Solr? Hadoop? Never used 'em. Product designer? Data miner? I create reports and statistics from massive databases of information at my current job, but calling that "data mining" feels excessive.
Or take Dropbox
. They are awesome
. Their product is the best thing ever. I would feel deep personal satisfaction working for them. I'm sure I would be surrounded by smart, capable people I could learn amazing things from. But what do I have to offer them
It doesn't have to be a hip tech company. I'd love to be part of a non-profit, where there were problems
that needed to be solved
. I could solve them! I want to solve them!
But how do I get there