I can say with full honesty that I never dread going to the office because I absolutely love what I do and I'm surrounded by amazing, kind and talented engineers. The majority of my friends and acquaintances, however, are not in tech/engineering roles and I often hear them complain about how boring their 9 to 5 jobs are. One of them even said: "But everybody hates their job, don't they?". At some point I even started wondering whether I should feel guilty for genuinely loving my job, while everybody else seems to be miserable at the office.
Is this something you recognise within your social circles? As a developer, do you get the impression that your job satisfaction is higher than that of your non-developer friends? What do you think?
I find this tweet by Kitze to be spot on and couldn't have said it any better:
KitzeDo you realize how stupidly lucky we are to be in this industry where we LOVE what we do, we're happy to do it in our spare time, we do it for fun, we sometimes do it for free etc.? When you take a step back to think about it's really crazy.17:03 PM - 31 Oct 2019
Disclaimer: I'm not trying to say our jobs are better than non-developer roles. I suppose the only thing this watercooler discussion can really measure is whether my friends are more pessimistic than yours. 😅