I just turned 26. When that hit me, an internal alarm sounded. The "if you want to do something big/risky/major, do it in the next few years" klaxxon was ringing. I've been slowly moving out of pure development, which I have been doing for the last few years, and moving back into interactive marketing, where my career began.
This started with moving into the Digital Strategist role at Irish Titan early this year, which mostly happened because I realized that I was getting burnt out as a developer. I've been working on the same types of apps and sites, in the same frameworks, and it was just wearing on me. I'm relatively certain that I don't want to be a full-time developer - I love development, but the development that excites me the most is when I am playing with new things, or scratching my own itch. I want to build things to automate my apartment, or run my own cloud, rather than another CakePHP CRUD app. My true love lies at the intersection of Business, Technology, and Marketing, without being too deep into one. The catalyst moments happen at the edges, not deep within.
A couple months ago, one of my mentors approached me with an oppertunity to get back into the interactive world, have a bit of freedom, and really get my hands dirty.
It is time for me to take the next step on my journey. Today is my last day at Irish Titan. They have been fantastic, and I wish them all the best.
I'll be writing more about the new role after I transition into it, but it is just the big/risky/major move that I need to make right now.