As a kid, my best friend wanted to be an astronaut. I always thought that was novel. In high school, he went into the ROTC program and after graduation flew in the Air Force in pursuit of his childhood dream. As for me? I wanted to own a Blockbuster because I thought that was where video games were made.
I discovered my love for music early on and that carried my career for over a decade once I left high school, but something in me was always drawn to technology. I was obsessed with video games so much so that I read programming books during class in Middle School so that I could build my own personal Pokémon database at home - and that was just the beginning of the nerdy tech projects I cooked up over the years.
When I had to finally choose a non-musical profession the path was clear: video game developer. My in-laws were thrilled. So off I went to complete my Computer Science degree at Georgia State. Along the way, however, I ran into article after article after article about why you shouldn't be a game developer and it honestly scared me off. I thought to myself, work on websites for the money and work on games as your hobby. So I did.
Through my three years at North Point Ministries working on websites, I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted out of life. They were gracious enough to send my team through coaching sessions where you learn about yourself and how to work with other people. Management was kind enough to provide constructive feedback and insights along the way that helped me realistically shape what I was and was not doing so well. And finally, one day it struck me.
I've been pursuing development because I believed it was the fastest way for me to solve problems - and when I made that decision, I didn't trust anyone else to do the work. It took some growing moments, but I've learned that development is not the path for me anymore. I want to rely on my natural affinity with technology by blending it with my need for collaboration, variety, and an endless quest to make processes more efficient. So starting tomorrow, October 18th, 2017, I'll be pursuing the path of a Project Lead with the Atlanta based custom software company SolTech.
I am so excited about the possibility of finally finding a role that truly maximizes on my skills and experience. Not to mention, it finally feels like I am truly entering into the corporate world: I have a commute into the city. Looks like I'm going to need to stock up on audiobooks and podcasts.
If you would've asked me as a child, or even as a 20-something, I wouldn't have been able to tell you anything insightful about myself or what I wanted from life or a career. I can't express how grateful I am for all the experiences that have led me to this point where I can finally make a decision that feels like my career is aligning with me, and not the other way around.