Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Should I Do?

I am currently working at a very good paying job this forcing me to work in SQL, 95% of the time. I have never been trained in SQL but have picking up a bit over my years in the software development profession. Java has been my primary focus for several years and I like to program in Java. My current job is not showing me any future in java development.

Staying means I make a nice salary. More than I have ever made before. Nice benefits and a 401K. But every day is a drag. I have been here for over a year and I still have trouble with the their SDLC. I would like to say it is my fault but I see everyone clashing and checking in untested and undocumented code that does not work. They are attempting to use RAD to help them work better but it is a minimal effort.

Leaving means I may not find a comparably paying position. I do not plan to leave until I have a new job lined up but I have not worked in java for a year and a half. I try to keep up by doing some programming at home but it is not much. I have interviewed for a couple of positions that I did not get that were for a senior java developer. Maybe I should look for a mid-level java position.

My question is, should I stay at a good paying job that is not what I like to do or should I find a, possible, lesser paying job that is more in line with what I like to do?

Thanks for your help, in advance.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Christmas Wish

My wife was watching a movie on the Hallmark channel called A Christmas Wish. It was a sappy movie typical of this channel but what really got to me was the message that God will throw bad things at you until you pray to him. This message made me mad. I call this psychological torture.

If I did this to another person I would be an evil person for trying to manipulate the other person into be dependent on me. I think people have gone to jail for less.

I just cannot get over how cruel the main character was treated by God until she begged him to help. Then everything was all better. Ugh.