I’m tired of technology

I’m well over 40, I lived the Web from its very beginning, I code well, I have a good knowledge of machine learning and what people like to call artificial intelligence, I was a data scientist well before that profession became sexy and I used neural networks when they weren’t yet cool, I’m still on top of the latest trends, I have a degree from a top institution, I get invited to talks and it all looks fine and dandy. Too bad I’m terribly tired of technology; it seems to me that all the problems I’m solving range from frivolous to utter nonsense. Until last year I was having fun learning new programming languages and reading about the latest advancements in deep learning, now I’m quite indifferent. Is there anybody else in the same situation? Is there a way to move my career and life away from the madding tech crowd or should I just put up with with it and be thankful for having the right skills at the right time?

  • There is so much awesome technology out there but we use it to build products destined for landfills, sell ads, or harvest personal information. It’s difficult to stay motivated and inspired when working on some gizmo that makes money but doesn’t provide lasting value to the world.

    When you’re young you can draw satisfaction from mastering the tools of your craft. In the long term you have to pursue meaning, otherwise you’ll feel empty inside. Move into an industry where technology intersects with human needs.

    • So true. Almost the same for me – 37 y.o., in love with tech from my 11. Now a high position in FinTech company and so tired from bullshit. I support, move to where you can make people’s life easier.

  • Same boat, successful SaaS company. Just waiting for the exit hopefully. Just tired of being connected for no really important reason.

  • Well… Opposite situation here. Our product is an anti-counterfeit technology. We could save hundreds of thousands life’s a year (counterfeit products kill more than malaria. More than guns, more than direct war casualties).

    We do use basic AI tech.

    But guess what ? Anti-counterfeit is not a trendy topic ! Unlike ads, consumer data and gadgets !

    So investors are not considering us at all. And we might not make it for lack of funding.

    Why is tech so boring ? Because stupid investors wants it to be.

    Fuck them.

    here’s my email : Hugo A Cypheme.com

  • I totally understand you. I’ve been in tech for more than 10 years and have the urge to move to a farm, a shack on a beach or do just about anything besides sit in front of a computer.

    Maybe start a food truck?

    Maybe you need a sabbatical? Maybe more “life” in the work/life balance.

    I think it all depends on your responsibilities- like if you have to make mortgage payments etc.

    But why not take a break and do something different? This can get boring AF

    • i know, 2 years old but hell ya. 43 years old and have wanted to ditch tech for so long. Sucks that it pays well for myself and family.

  • Can relate to this too (39). It feels like you’ve seen all the platforms, languages and tech.

    You could let go of your current skill set and take a step up the ladder. For instance, from developer to PO of a scrum team – or what about becoming a coach for a team, or problem? I’m enjoying this more and more myself, without becoming the stereotypical “developer that became project manager”.

    Also, “experience as a service” could work for you (your experience is not a skill set anymore, but is now a service you provide). What’s that saying again, about giving a man a fish and he has food for one day – or…. exactly 🙂

  • Have to say it’s the same here too, almost 41 with a serious long run (~23) in startups, including a couple of steps in US major tech companies as an alien.

    On my side I’ve a cool long break in the Caribbean, where I’ve planned to stay and sail a couple of years in flip-flop to relax and instead I’ve funded and created a Sushi&Wine bar with my gf. Crazy stuff, at the end we’ve been on island for 4 years before I’ve sold it to get back to the web.

    I’ve something to underline too, though. I’m based in CH right now (I’m probably one the first nomads, for real) and 3 years ago I’ve launched with my VC partner a platform (here and in SV, frozen, but still alive) to help startups connect with investors, mentors, and give away fractional ownership thru a specific distributed wallet directly via web to get funded.

    Major point, we’ve been invited by different accelerators, we had a discrete traction on startups and entrepreneurs, tech was very cool and we had an unexpected very good traction in the low-mid investors area.

    Despite this, we were lacking of mentors partecipating, felt like wasn’t a way to monetize experience. Previous comment make me think it’s now actually possible to found a community with mentors/advisory selling experience like a service on the fly.

    I’m advising a very interesting startup right now, but still focused on search something really significant for this blue star-ship.

    LMK about it and focus you all. Good luck, even is this is a simulation is still important. 😉

  • We’re in the same boat. I’m over 40, in the IT financial sector for almost 20 years. Wrote my own neural network engine and applied it to credit evaluation and trading. Have developed treasury and risk management systems.

    However, starting early last year, I grew tired of technology. Everyone is obsessed with data mining and fintech that its getting to the point that I’m sick of it.

  • I sincerely wish I knew the answer to this sort of problem. I’m right there too. I don’t think it was ever the technology itself that excited me, though — I think the energy was knowing about problems or difficulties or impossibilities and suddenly finding a tool I could use to fix it. Oh wow that’s been a problem for a while, and now I can do something about it and it won’t be a problem anymore!

    Technology has advanced and changed. But it’s all still the same. And now I’m tired of it, because it’s just the same kinds of problems that have always been there. There are newer tools that let you work with bigger data sets. Or faster number crunching. Or more ubiquitous information. But it’s nothing all that new to me anymore, it’s just variations on a theme.

    I don’t have an answer. I’m bored, nothing gets me charged up anymore. Maybe it’s because of the rapid iterations of tech now — if you have to wait three years for that new software version you get a pile of new abilities all at once, instead of a constant flow of little ones daily — the latter just isn’t exciting, it’s irritating.

    Tech has improved, but it feels like nothing has changed.

  • Hi all of you guys, I’ve read through all of the replies posted here and I can totally understand your all situations.

    But you guys know what, don’t be sad! Don’t be discouraged. Rather, be happy and grateful for what you have because it’s something that someone else out there, someone like me would desperately love to have.

    Your skill sets and experience could help people change their lives, validate their dreams and make this world a better place.

    You know why?

    Because out there, there is a significant gap between non-tech and tech people. This might look unharmful, but guess what, it silently kills thousands, even millions, of great ideas from being rationised.

    Let me tell you the story about my journey. I’ve been working super hard from a few years back on an idea to create a social website that can link Pet Lovers together. However, being non-tech advance was a hug disadvantage which later on killed my project. A look down on technical co-founder, a stupid sense of helplessness and all that. You know it’s hard to get through.

    Then I tried crazily to learn how to do coding, setting up programs, designing, UX and UI, but not everyone in this world is able to do it. But I did not give up.

    Today, my friends and I are working on another idea that can help entrepreneurs fill the gap between tech and non-tech, to bring to life and to make this world better.

    So, please don’t be sad. Your skills and experiences earned over many hard-working years are not going to be wasted if you do not let it. Help people around you. Help the children who can not afford. Help the people who are facing technical barriers. People with great ideas need you, not for money purpose, but to create a bigger value.

    Be happy and accepting.

    If anyone wants to join my boat to help other people, please contact me via email.


    Peter P


  • I am an IT professional in India and am 46. Started with foxpro 22 years ago, adapted client server, then Java also moved across various roles but am now tired of these continuous changes in and demands of the industry, uncertainty and learning associated with it. Hopefully will find some alternative passion and career soon

  • Funny. I actually googled “sick of technology” because I too am feeling the same way as the author of this original post. I’m also around the same age as well approaching my 40s. Back in the late 90s and early 2000s the internet was still in its formative years; fresh and full of potential. While I’m not arguing that it has peaked, it feels awfully tiresome and boring. The problems are some derivative of its predecessor only 10x more convoluted or at scale.

    I’ve been working in enterprise software for almost 20 years and the problems are becoming bigger (big data), distributed (vms, cloud, containers) and more of a pain in the ass (networking, orchestration, performance, security) to deal with due to the sophistication of these new platforms that require you to understand every component at each layer of “the stack”. Think about wasting hours of your day because you didn’t set a configuration option correctly. Things like this annoy the shit out of me because precious time, while not entirely because that’s the so-called process of learning, is wasted.

    For instance, has anyone tried using orchestration systems for deploying applications? Good grief. I spend more time trying to figure out how to move files to a desired location because of permissions issues or adhering to an esoteric process than getting the actual application to run. Yes, software has made our lives better in a lot of ways but more and more I feel like I’m becoming a slave to technology. Humans invented computers to make our lives easier. I don’t know about you guys, but I feel more like a slave to technology now to the point where if I don’t keep up I’ll quickly become obsolete.

    Could you say the same about every other industry? Perhaps you have to reinvent yourself every few years like Snoop Dog to stay relevant but it also helps when you have the capital to cushion such exploratory freedom to venture out. I still haven’t come up with a conclusion yet. What I can say is that tech is invading every sector of every industry and that’s what scares me — entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, sports, fashion…its becoming too much and too tedious.

    • Uh * looks around *

      I just googled “sick of the tech industry” and found myself here. I just had a successful interview today while still being employed. I have nothing to complain about but I’m so sick and tired of all the dumb shit and hoops to jump through. Culture BS, rocket ships, blah blah blah.

    • I googled ‘tired of technology’. Was looking for a 50 Cent song. But I’m also lacking enthusiasm for being stuck in front of a screen, and your point about increasing complexity hits home.

      Perhaps increasing complexity is inevitable and we just accept we’ll never know everything. In the early days of aviation, you could design and build an aeroplane with some good engineering skills and a well-equipped workshop. Now when you join the industry, you’re junior engineer on a team designing a door for an airliner. Same with gaming and pretty any other mature/ing industry.

      Joseph Tainter has a good book: The Collapse of Complex Societies. His theory is that as social systems increase in compexity they become more rigid, until they face an event they are unable to react to, and so collapse. So there’s always that to look forward to!

      Or maybe it is just a good old-fashioned mid-life crisis. Let’s face it, how many of our parents loved their work all the time?

  • Totally agree with the views presented by all of you, I am also nearing 40 – I started my career as desktop engineer, moved on to get the top certifications in Network and Security. Currently working with one of the Top Security company. Initially I was almost crazy for new things, I would learn anything I could get my hands on. But now I am getting more and more detached. There is too much technology. I don’t feeling like looking at the computer after getting home.

  • 42 here. I’m a founder of a tiny software company, CTO in name only, I really just code all day. Been coding for 20 years. I’m fortunate in that we at least make money, but the product is boring AF. Marketing crap, getting people to buy more stuff. After trying many different ideas for years, this is what generated actually revenue, so here we are. Making a buck, but not quite enough for a nice exit.

    I hate everything about it, but hate the idea of working for someone else even more, and not quite ready to slash my income in half by pursuing a different path (need to wait until kids are out of college for that – ha). I’m setting aside every penny I make for the next 4 / 5 years and plan on getting out of this industry.

  • Seems there are a good amount of others feeling the same way. I too, 43 and been in the industry for about 23 years. The biggest challenge I face is the fact that as a Senior team member, I should be the one that knows “everything” while all of the new developers and programmers coming into the industry have barely scratched the surface of technology. Our turn-around with senior team members is terrible because they too are overwhelmed and tired of needing to know everything.

    Even worse, it seems that new developers don’t share the same passion or drive that I had when I started working in the industry. They learned a little of this-and-that with college coursework and demand $100k salaries on their first job. Most we have found are barely qualified to build a simple HTML web page or work their way through a programming challenge.

    To make it worse, there is a very large gap in the U.S. workforce to meet the modern demand of what companies need. So much tech has been outsourced to other countries that programmers and developers in the U.S. are dying out.

    Even more painful, when I decide to look around for new jobs, the requirements are ridiculously bolted together with a slew of programming languages, operating systems, network administration, dev ops, cloud experience and then some very specific COTS software that are specific to that company. Oh don’t forget that one must also have a Government clearance and and college degrees.

    I think what is happening is that there are more senior technologists such as ourselves leaving the industry which is opening up these roles that have grown by attrition. Problem is that there aren’t any qualified people to pickup those jobs one needed about 20+ years experience to do the job.

  • Same situation here. I will turn 43 in a couple months and started to burn out on technology a couple years ago. I was into the Internet and all things to do with it starting with a SLIP account in 1994.

    After being a full stack adnin with the same company for 14 years I thought a change of environment would help pull me out of this so I started with a BigData startup not long ago.. Sad to say this has just made me realize this is not what I want to do anymore.

    I avoid my computer whenever poissible. Anything I do such as this post is on a tablet, while this is still a computer its does not bring with the feeling of being chained to my worksttion.

    • I wrote this reply almost a year ago and forgot about it until I searched the same topic again today. I am still working at the same place doing the same big data stuff and am still burnt on technology. But in the end it us the only thing I am good at.

      • Everyone,

        All of you who have commented are over 35 and yet I am able to sense how technology has engulfed from all sides, even though i am just 28 and have been working as Data Developer.

  • Well I’m near my 30’s and I have been studying Cs since High school and worked in development/networking/web / 3D gaining a 360 knowledge in IT, but worked always with internship.

    Encouraged and seeing only Cs as the only field that would give you a job(but I had different interest), I enrolled in a Bachelor of Cs where I graduated almost 2 years ago.

    After graduating, I landed a job in ERP field, well this job lead me to burnout.

    I took one sabbatical year working in a different field, less payroll but at least I feel good.

    Meanwhile my Cv is very good and appealing ( a fresh graduate with experience)that I’m being called from Swiss, several companies with good contract offers, but I get a fear everytime I hear IT offers.

    I’m trying to find my real passion

  • This topic resonates with me and I’m halfway through a 3 months sabbatical that was meant to solve these issues yet here I am googling about career changes. These failed and I started searching about the problem itself and I landed here.

    So far in my travels I have experienced more real life, personal and tactile than what I could get in a years of commuting and ass sitting. People working non-office jobs doing butchering, baking, building, drivers etc. They all seem to be very calm and very interesting and content people. Their only complaint is the money and to me the only benefit working in “technology” jobs could be the money.

    I’m starting to wonder if a life working in a corporate IT office is an artificial life. Your mind is hi-jacked and “life” time is spent in fear of maintaining your lifestyle and status.

    The lack of real is a problem. Most of us can’t or won’t even try to describe what our jobs even are. Its hard because people think we work in “technology” but how many of us are in research? The vast majority (99.9%) are technicians, we just happen to be applying relatively new technology. At best we are re-inventing the the next CRUD app. Big deal, your not going to change the world. Your barber down the road is changing the world for at least 20 people per day. Us? We are lucky if anyone even fucking touches our clippers.

    Suggestions on this post of doing things in your own time are unrealistic. In my work over 20 years I haven’t been able to commit to play a sport in an evening. Who knows what insane work demand will require fulfillment. Not to mention the expectation of travel at a moments notice. Corporate work demands flexability and that means your life.

    I couldn’t be in IT Consulting if I didn’t offer some possible solutions to the problem of technology / career burn out:

    Make enough to become “financially independent” and overcome the fear of not having a job
    Career Change – something that actually impacts real people in your presence
    Change your mind – embrace being able to sit on your ass all day while renting out your mind

    Hi-jacking of mind – a good summary: http://www.thebludger.com/the-unconscious-life/

    • Wow! I landed on the right page. I’m so tired of trying to explain to non-technical people why things work the way they do. I find myself day in and day out, stuck in a conference room full of people and realize that only a couple of engineers in the room actually know anything about what is being discussed. Then when there is a problem and we try to explain how to fix it, we have to explain it to everyone and convince them that we’re correct.

      For me, I’ve decided that I’m done. I’ve been in the Comms space since before anyone even knew what a web browser was. Sitting at a desk for a career, traveling at a moments notice around the world, alternating my time between the lab and a cube desk or conference room has become such a devastatingly useless time suck… I’m done. I’ve missed way too many birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Days, etc. The kids are all grown now and hardly even know who I am because I’ve been married to network communications more than my family. I’ve decided that I’ll add my two cents and drop it. Let someone else figure out how to do it. Maybe I’ll consider a job as a Wal-Mart door greeter.

    • They all seem to be very calm and very interesting and content people. Their only complaint is the money and to me the only benefit working in “technology” jobs could be the money.

      This ^^^^^^^^^^^ Yes… Amen.

  • I Googled “tech guy tired of tech”… thank you so much for this page as now I know I’m not crazy and not alone in what I’m going through.

    I’m 48 and simply tired of technology. Started as a developer over 20 years ago working my way up in the banks and now a senior manager in digitization initiatives. Sounds exciting but as it’s been said above by others many times… same problems but bigger and more annoying due to integrating legacy systems with the newest cool tech fads, tech stacks, devops, cloud, on and on…. config settings argh!!!

    I want out of technology but that’s where all my experience is. Thought of opening a store but won’t pay the bills (kids still in school, mortgage….), thinking of a business idea but this will take time.

    I think I have to hang in there at my job for a bit more until I think of something, the problem is I’ve had no luck yet.

    I don’t know what to do or where to go.

    I feel trapped, but thanks to this site I no longer feel I’m on my own. Thanks!

    • Ditto, so tired of the continuous need to renew yourself and try to learn new tech for not sure what reasons other than to never fall behind those new kids on th block. Senior manager now in tech companies but all day long you just see things that don’t make sense because of upper management always wanting speed, lower staff level having no understanding or does not care about really understanding root cause and deep dive into problems. Clients and product managers having huge ego while not even really knowing what they are talking about, and then non-tech kids and people trying to argue with you why they can’t connect their computer to chromecast just because they think they know gadgets and you don’t… so tired of all of it yet I can’t shoe this at work as a senior manager… trapped

  • lol. 20 years experience – much of that in medical imaging, but left the industry because I even got tired of that. “all the problems I’m solving range from frivolous to utter nonsense” – this nails it. I mean, does the world really need better animal nose filters when taking selfies? much of tech is like this. Work at facebook? yeah, just kill me.

  • well, it’s 2019 and I can resonate with everything said here pretty well. In my early 40s, coding remotely from home for decent money, still loving coding, but very often feel burned out. Used to be a project manager, but this seems to suck even more.

  • You guys need a reality check. Makes me sick to hear this belly aching.

    You are ungrateful for your lot in life?

    There are people starving and dying from working in crap jobs that do not offer benefits nor adequate healthcare.

    The reason I am getting sick of the tech industry in general is the hubris and amount of justification for selfishness that appears rampant in the industry.

    These posts only serve to reinforce the extreme hubris I see each day.

    If you guys were really that intelligent, why can you not use your spare time and mastery of math to collaborate with medical professionals to further bio medical advances to cure diseases in your spare time (or make time to do so). Or better yet, contribute to changing the entire economic system that perpetuates the elite rich maintaining so much control in the world and large corporations stifling innovation through patent trolling.

    You guys are literally the dead un-used clock cycles that could instead be used for good in the world, but instead you selfishly want a pity party?

    Nope. Not when there are so many others that are struggling to make a living and many that wish they could even have the slightest opportunity at getting that entry level computer job that now requires at least 5 to 10 years experience and the employer expects one to know over 10 technologies before they apply to said entry level job, just to keep people out of the industry and control the high salaries in it.

    Why don’t you guys leave the industry then? Because there are many more people that could do what you are complaining about doing or having to put up with it if only given the same opportunity as you. Instead you are taking up space or resources (much like clutter files taking up memory).

    All I can do is shake my head at the audacity. You guys need to get over yourselves and you are not as witty as you think you are.

    There are still so many more developments and innovations that could be truly possible, yet all we get from tech titans are more basic crap apps, more toys, more gizmos, more of the same and you yourselves are the manifestation of this.

    Why don’t we have artificial organs that are affordable for people that need them to actually be able to buy them?

    Why don’t we have robots doing dangerous jobs so more people’s lives are saved? And so people can be retrained to service the robots?

    Why haven’t we been smart enough to come up with a better system of retraining workers displaced by the implementation of software technology – like having corporations pay for each laid off worker to be retrained?

    Why haven’t we built a vacuum space elevator to move mass more easily to lower Earth orbit?

    Why haven’t we created bots or software to help treat mental health patients or victims of trauma so that more people can be productive members of society?

    I say it is selfishness, hubris, and greed. We all want quick and easy and fast money so VCs and far too many of us focus on the fast buck. The easiest problems to focus on. The stuff we can do with one arm tied behind our backs while blindfolded. We only look for and hire for those that look, act, and sound like us.

    Because there is no true diversity in the industry, and everyone just hires more of the exact same cookie-cutter clones left and right and VCs keep funding the exact same archetype of teams, instead of really looking for new and unique perspectives – this is precisely why the industry only spits our more of the same.

    DUH!! If you keep getting the same exact results by doing the exact same thing over and over again, how can you be justified in expecting something novel, new, or different to materialize?

    So yeah I am sick and tired of the pretentiousness, self piety, self delusions and gluttony that tech has created.

    I’m un-connecting, un-following, deleting Facebook, Gmail, and not buying any more of this junk and I am actually leaving the industry behind.

    I want no more part in it and I encourage others who will listen to me to stop the cycle.

    At the very least I am not taking up space in a job that I hate; let someone else that needs to make some money while they find that this isn’t as great as everyone makes it out to be. I won’t be contributing to destroying the planet.

    Tech should be used to help enrich everyone’s lives not only the creator’s and should improve all of society. It should not be created or implemented just for the sake of creating something.

    Please wake up and get a life guys. Go actually do something to really change the world. Not just make money and tech for the sake of themselves.

    With several of you thinking the way you guys do, it boggles the mind how you cannot see that you yourselves are part of the problem.

    • Oh for the love of god. Not everyone wants to change the damn world. Some of us want to be left alone. Not everyone enjoys life. Go shake your self righteous head with the other titans of industry that you claim to love so much.

    • Tech is one of the easiest jobs to get. No one will turn away a techie volunteer–they are needed everywhere. Then when you get the volunteer experience you get hired. Lot of people won’t do it but complain they aren’t getting their favorite tech widget fast enough.
      Same with nursing. People snub their noses at turning bed pans but it’s a foot in the door. Shortages in nursing and IT but no shortage of whiners who want others to do it for them.

  • I left my cushy 1 company tech job for a change to msp hell. my msp manager who was hired right before me destroyed the place. After I busted my brain learning 50 clients and all the tools, he changed everything again. All the cool guys quit and he and the “nowhere to be found” IT director fired the rest. what a disaster. I never worked so hard just to be reprimanded every week, reminded of the fucking numbers and eventually fired. They kept the single guys and happy dudes with no families. I had 2 kids so I needed a job, landed one making less than half… my boss is 15 years younger constantly reminds me of expectations if I dont do things his way. He also tells me big brother’s watching on all cams .. its a fucking mess folks. People suck and so does the work.. Do something else. I told my kids if they ever work for a corporation or the Man I will disown them.. I had tears so hopefully they’ll remember… What will help is that they use a computer all day at school, have tablets, xbox & youtube so hopefully they’ll be sick of tech before AI takes over in 10 years…

  • After 27 years am I tired of technology? Oh yes, but I think there are few of us that are born with the candle of passion that lasts a lifetime, no matter the field. When I get discouraged, I remind myself why I pursued a life in IT to begin with. More than the affinity I seem to possess for tech, but the desire to help people embrace tech to make their lives better, to help those who struggle.

    Last year I turned 60 – yeah I could swear I was just 35 a few weeks ago! Now it appears that I’m an IT pariah. I’m an outcast from the same field I spent so much of my life building. The experience has opened my eyes.

    It’s forced me to unplug, to embrace the real world and look at the state of humanity. I have to tell you, as I look at what tech has become, how it’s used, I’m ashamed of myself. I’ve helped spawn a cancer that is eating away at the foundations of humanity, of human civility itself. I’m truly sorry for the beast I have help spawn.

    Yes, turning 60 was perhaps the best thing in my life. Maybe now I should focus on making amends for the harm I have done by building and promoting this insidious, humanity sucking horror. There is beauty that surrounds us all, if we just look up from our iphone and make an effort to embrace it.

    I think it’s time that tech people of conscious, redirect tech back to its foundation, its beginning intentions….a tool to help promote the human state, not the nightmare it has become.

    • I’m 46. Currently working on getting cars equipped with more displays than seats, this question starts to bother me significantly.

  • I’ve been in the IT Busy since 1994. I’m going to retire in a couple months and move way out where technology hasn’t reached yet. Already purchase a small cabin on 10 acres. No internet available, no cell phone signal. I’m looking forward to the solitude, growing my own food and raising chickens, goats and rabbits.

  • Gosh me too, I don’t even have 20 years under my belt, about 4 years or so and I am already sick of it. I wanted to be in tech to change things, make useful software, but all I see is crap that makes humanity worse instead of better. I know, I should be grateful to be in this industry, but I can’t help but feel this way. Maybe I don’t deserve to be a software engineer anymore because of that.

    Not sure what to do really, hopefully I’ll figure a way out somehow. Money shouldn’t always be a factor, my passion for tech is dead and I honestly don’t know how to revive it…

  • Totally resonate with that. Although a multidisciplinary designer… started as a graphic designer for litho print and html sites 17 years ago (i’m 38 now). Now I’m totally burnt out. 3 years ago I lost the passion for design, that I tried to make alive again. Thought a 3 months break would help. It did… for a week.

    So I started thinking of becoming: ux designer, project manager, ux researcher. But every time I look at the job offers… it makes me cringe. So many requirements on top of those ones I already know. And lots of you hit the nail here… I realised… I honestly can’t be bothered. Because on a daily basis… I have to constantly switch between so many softwares and platforms. It all wastes lots of my time, and everybody elses time… and the communication is gone.

    I don’t know if this is because the way companies are managed in England? But I would happily make a career change to more purposeful one. Get a small wooden house (cabin) in the forest. And from time to time travel for few months. Somewhere non touristy.

  • For me, same age as you dude, it is the constant pressure to make quarterly profits. I miss the good old days when the smart people were the classic “geeks/nerds/dweebs” and the stupids didn’t have instantaneous access to the series of tubes. The problem is, we created too good of a product. We created our own demise. Social Media is SKYNET. The stupids are often the loudest. IT, whatever you wanna call it, is taken often for granted like electricity or the internal combustion engine. Its simply too many humans cloggin’ up the series of tubes.

    – a programmer, not a coder/dev/software engineer… I’m simply a guy who sucks at the maths but good at the copy-pasta

    ~~~seed until u bleed~~~
    I refuse to like, I will never smash that bell, I will never subscribe

  • I’ve just been let go from my software job due to the startup’s own lack of revenue generation, and an attempt to refocus their needs in another market where more customer’s are showing interest.

    I’ve worked at one of the major silicon valley companies prior to this startup role and while there have been pros and cons, I too am TOTALLY sick of the silicon valley rat race. These companies are so uninspired. The big guys are so big that they are forced to venture into new realms where they do not belong; entertainment, original content, random “productivity” tools, the gratuitous rehashing of “social media” apps, gaming, etc.

    It seems like in most tech companies now, there are 20% of the people building 70%-80% of the important stuff. The other 80% of workers are just there to keep that 20% on track, but more and more, they do not bring much to the table other than an ability to “organize” work and play the games. The Millennial crowd, which I’m part of, are so self-centered, insecure, and software-illiterate, they play games to try and maintain relevance in an industry for which they do not belong and do not have ACTUAL related skills. Managers are too busy to give a damn, and politics increasingly is winning in many of these places.

    The obvious impulse is to try and get right back in there, and keep pushing forward, fingers crossed that the next job will be better. I do not believe it’s possible. 2020 for software applications and tech, is like when the Automotive industry got to the 1980s. Horrible vehicle designs, rehashing the same tired thing, trying to market it as different or better. Just really sad, uninspired products.

    Remember when building software was about a few really talented guys coming together to do something revolutionary. Not anymore. Now the “tycoons” have taken over thinking they can throw money at a software idea and Engineers will just make it as amazing as the iPod was. Much like Hollywood today, there is little-to-no innovation happening in silicon valley. No excitement, none. Everyone simply copies each other now.

  • Over 20 years in IT hardware/networking. Finally left this year and got into Tech Writing. Because I do writing on the side, my money actually went up with this move but… I’m finding that being “still in tech” even if it is just documentation, is still tech. I thought I was going to be doing documentation projects but instead I’m at the whim of a ticketing system, release notes reviews, and manning the laptop. My next move has to be out of technology altogether. I’d rather do documentation for a non-tech company (thank the universe that Tech Writing isn’t just for tech companies!!!).

    Actually… I’d like to just go freelance writing, maybe some photography, and also some drone picture and video jobs for various Realtors and such. Business technology and working to support or develop it is just boring now. I want to be the one using technology, not dealing with it.

  • Like any skill, shelf it when its bothering you. For whatever reason the season has, and will continue to change. Your abilities are for you to share with others-…or just don't share them. Keep an income stream but if you don't want to do tech anymore then don't. There is life out there, so go and join into it again on your terms again. Look at persons you laugh at and pick their brains for your solution. Tech is boring and underappreciated. Don't be a sad statistic. Every day should be delightful to your needs. Cheers.

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