So happy to have stumbled across your piece Thomas. It seems we are the proverbial ships passing in the night, but in opposite directions. I doff my cap to you sir.
I studied Computer Science at university, I was coding (badly) as a teenager, and I have stumbled along in my “professional” life as a freelance web developer to a technical lead type person in a small digital agency. In the last year or so I have been rebelling against this “scientific” path and leaning towards the arts. Specifically, literature (reading and writing).
There are aspects of programming and delivering web projects that are immensely satisfying, but my inner self has grown fatigued with the “game” and yearns for a different arena in which I can express myself more freely.
As it happens, I also teach various Computing modules to undergrads at the local university. I started this a couple of years ago and I have found the change of context – the academic environment – refreshing.
I thought I was a scientist but actually I’m an artist. Ok, I’m probably a bit of both… and a bit of a teacher.