A few minutes ago, I handed a letter of resignation to my manager. When all is said and done a month or so from now, I’ll have spent three years here, working on IBM’s Java Just-In-Time compiler.
Having spent much of my undergraduate and graduate education on some very technical concepts in computer engineering, it was natural for me to work here, applying my skills to an enterprise platform, targeted at obtaining performance in the execution of commercial software.
However, it has been some time since I realized that this was not my ideal placement. I’m not satisfied only with having interesting technical problems to solve. I don’t get enough motivation out of squeezing a few percentage points of performance gain from benchmark applications. I don’t get enough satisfaction working on a product several software layers away from the user’s experience. I don’t want to sit in a cubicle all day.
I want an open-concept office, a more sociable atmosphere and a hand in developing a product that is closer to its users. I don’t know if Missing e spoiled me in this way, but mostly I want to work on something that, at the end of the day, I can point out to a friend or family member and say “look what I did”.
I’ve had many really neat opportunities at IBM and got to play with some bleeding-edge processor technology. I’ve met some really intelligent people and worked with a great world-wide team. I’ve gained skills and experience that can be widely applied.
After I take some time to finish up the last bits of my Master’s thesis, I think it will be time to dive into something new and exciting.
Know someone that might want to hire me?
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- fredasaurusrex said: maybe Tumblr will hire you. but then again I don’t think they’re in the business of making their site better and hiring competent people.
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- livinlifedaily said: Good luck on whatever you decide to do or go.
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- lglights-is-hiding said: I saw that Kickstarter put a few jobs up this morning. Don’t know if they’re up your alley or not, but it’s work a look.
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- onetenthpolarbear said: Let’s start a business!