I’ve officially taken the next step in my career. I’ll soon be working at Fueled as an Android Engineer! I’m so excited for this next chapter and wanted to write a quick post talking about my thought process behind this change. My hope is to provide a little look into how I’ve come to think of career decisions for those who might be curious about this stuff.

Fueled
Fueled

Before we jump into the thought process, I’d like to take a slight detour and talk about how I think about careers in general. Most of these ideas are things I’ve learned about over the last few years and they’ve been really important in helping me make sense of what it means to me to be a working professional.

Job vs. Career

Job

An obvious disclaimer here is that if your job is killing you, or is a toxic place then you most definitely can switch your job. You can go out there and get a better job for yourself.

Career

Due to the long term nature of a career, you don’t want to be in a career that you hate. If you are in one, then it’s best to leave and go out and get a job! Work jobs till you figure how you can jump back into a career again. Doing this is totally fine!

At any given point in time, you can be working a job or building yourself a career. Both are totally valid ways of living your life! I’m personally in the “building a career” phase right now, trying to build a career for myself as a Software Engineer.

I must acknowledge that being in a “building a career” mode is definitely a privilege. It’s a privileged to be in a situation where you can focus on a career and not have to worry about making ends meet on a day-to-day basis.

If you’re reading this blog post and are in a place where you’re trying to go from having a job to building a career (as a Software Engineer) or are just confused about anything Software related, feel free to drop me a DM on my Twitter to have a chat. I will try my best to help!

Due to the long-term nature of careers, career decisions are often very contextual. They depend a lot on the work you have been doing, the work you want to be doing in the future, your financial situation, family situation etc.

My decision to work at Fueled was a contextual one as well.

Android

I taught myself how to build Android apps in 2014 and have wanted to work on Android full-time since then. My job description at Fueled allows me to do just this! It’s finally happening 😁

Processes, Support, Culture

I’m excited to be a part of the Fueled team and contribute towards improving the processes, support systems and company culture!

I couldn’t be more thrilled! I start work on 1st September. You can expect a lot more Android themed blog posts on here going forward as that’s where I’ll be spending most of my time writing code. Wish me luck! 👀

Written by

Android Engineer @Fueled. Producing @unboxpod.

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