June 5, 2023
Hello there y’all.
For my first post I chose a topic that I’ve been thinking about for a while. It is about a career pendulum, how that marks the beginning of a new season of “the games” for me, and my bucket list for the next couple (🤞) of months.
If you have not read The Engineer/Manager pendulum, very well written by Charity Majors, I highly recommend it!
The career pendulum I will describe here is a bit or byte different, hopefully! It is about Software Developer FTE vs Consultant pendulum. One that I’ve found myself twice in the past 10-ish years.
Ok, with that out the way, let’s dive into the FTE vs Consultant pendulum!
I’ve found myself in this position twice in the past 10-ish years, which is somewhat the 2nd half of my career. After I transitioned into Web Development using RoR stack. So this post is mostly about my perception of the experiences in my career that lead me through this pendulum.
Does any of this seem familiar to you?! Have you found yourself in any of these scenarios?
I guess we all go through phases in our tenure in any company. And most likely, the majority of employees manage to live through it and remain in the same company. This used to be more common for past generations where the norm is to stay in the same company the entire career.
A small portion transition from one job to another, until they are old enough or tired of switching jobs or learn to remain unaffected by these cycles.
And another portion, which I believe is as a very small group, go into Consultancy or Entrepreneurship, and break out with FTE.
In the last 10-ish years of my career I feel like I am that group. Despite the fact I do believe I lived through some cycles in my last FTE, which started as a part time consultant.
I’d like to think money and the necessity to sell yourself (meaning: your consulting services) over and over again are the most common triggers to go back to FTE. And these are in fact, by a far measure, the reasons I’ve switched back from Consultant to FTE the first time around.
But some people are good and enjoy these challenges enough to be successful and earn an income good enough that keeps them going.
And I say that with the heart and brain full of hope this time around I will make it! 🤞
And this time around, I am older and wiser (or at least I like to think - also, this is my blog so I can brag about myself as much as I'd like to :-D). And I am doing a few things differently...
in_progress I will build a new SaaS (currently in the concept phase).
future I will give TCard a spin-off try.
after #3 is in production I will build a 2nd small SaaS with a $1 per month subscription for web, iOS, and/or Android phones.
at_any_time Take on part-time consultancy work, so I can keep the bills in good standing.
Esteemed gentlepersons (🌈), ladies, and gentlemen: let the games begin!