I was always piqued by Santosh’s descriptions of Anjali; but her writing surpasses any preconceptions I had. Through a series of poignant anecdotes, her essay succinctly voices the quandary that I myself have faced every so often.
Despite having chosen a largely vocational path through our education system and working in the industry for a little over 11 years mostly in hands-on positions, I often ask myself if I’m actually being productive. Am I building something that is truly useful? Is it actually making someone’s life better?
Honestly, the only work that I have truly been satisfied with was one where I could see the smiles on the people who ultimately used it. On one of those days, I sat back in my chair and thought to myself, “That’s what it’s all about.” But projects like that were always few and far between. Even with all the hard-skills, we were often grinding at some CTO’s silly brainwave or appeasing some middle-manager who’d heard how Competitor X was making a killing using Technology Y. (sigh!)
Of course, this is somewhat ironic given that I am now pursuing a MS; but the questions remain.