As many of you know, I've encountered some.... discomfort.... at my cushy job, and while I am still gainfully employed, the changes have been discomforting enough to start me looking for a new employer.
My skills, education, and resume as a coder are plenty marketable and I most likely would have little trouble in finding another position similar to my current position. My quandry, however, is this: do I want to be a coder when I grow up?
I've opened threads here previously whining about how I feel like I don't contribute anything worthwhile to society and that my career path is very cold and unfulfilling. In my little personal dork quest for the meaning of life, I came across an article on Forbes of the 10 Most Hated Jobs. Guess what career path fills half that list? Apparently, I'm not alone in feeling the computer industry is a miserable place to be.
I'm interested in doing something far more helpful and useful... something that makes an impact on people more than "Ooh, you sure make perdy picktures on them thar internets!" Something humanitarian. Something requiring more compassion and less cynicism.
But - as always - I have restrictions.
- It can't involve international travel - I'm a single parent... what do I do with my kids when I'm traveling abroad? Besides, I'd really like my efforts to go toward helping people here - not faceless masses somewhere else.
- I'm more than happy to relocate, but it can't require extreme relocation... while the idea of getting the hell out of Podunk thrills me to no end, I'd still like to be within an 8 hour drive of my family.
- Also, for 8 more years, I have court-ordered visitation schedules to deal with every other weekend... which means the further away I am, the further I have to drive to meet my ex half way with the kids every other Friday and Sunday.
- It has to be something I can get full-time with a livable wage... bills to pay, mouths to feed.
So I guess what I'm looking for - what I'm asking you for - is an idea of what job titles I should be searching for? So far, I'm turning up results like "door-to-door fund raiser", "internship", "non-profit data entry", "international ambassador", and a some shit that just sounds not quite right, if you know what I mean.
I know. It sounds retarded. And there's a 99% chance I'll stick with what I know and just continue being a damned code monkey anyway... but if I'm standing at this crossroads anyway, why not at least explore the option of doing something worthwhile with my life, right?
TL;DR: I'm retarded. Give me ideas.