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Into 2014

2013 Review

1. Get more bad-ass at programming, more programming on my own projects, learning new technologies and techniques, and learning from the masters.

Yeah… well I guess I’ve learnt a lot. Wouldn’t say I’m any *better*, I just know how to use more technologies. Still getting some “flak” at work, but mainly because of constantly changing requirements/scope which makes the old design look ridiculous in the light of the new software requirements…

2. Get a qualification or two (Microsoft certification), and then start applying for senior development positions.

Nope… I started learning for the HTML5/JavaScript certificate, and I’m 50% there. Cancelled my exam in January because I thought I wouldn’t make it. Plus I’m thinking of a career change.

3. After a year, we’re going to start looking at the housing market, hopefully by this time it will have cooled down, and not gone into crazy bubble territory.

Nope… Market has gone insane and there’s no chance of us sinking $400k+ into a 3 bedroom shack. Our rent is less than the amount of interest we’d pay on a mortgage like that, plus it’s considerably overvalued, so any correction would be leveraged down to biblical proportions.

2014 Goals

On that note, let me outline my goals for 2014.

1. Spending much less time reading news, blogs and forums posts. My goal for January is no news at all (Newspaper, online or TV), and I’m only reading the blogs that I’m subscribed to. I’m hoping I’ll use the time for more productive activities.

2. Consider a career change into software QA. I used to be a hot shot QA a few years back, before I moved into software development. I thought at the time that development was my real “passion”. The first few years, I was relieved at having nice projects to work with, not being crunched at the end of the software life cycle, and the status of being a developer. It was a lot less monotonous developing than testing software.

Now after a few years in, I’ve noticed a distinct lack of passion in my work, I’m lagging behind my peers in skill and knowledge, and just feeling generally like a washed out developer.

Here in sunny (at the moment) New Zealand, QA resources get paid about 20% more than developers on average, so moving into QA would be both a boon to my wallet, as well as a potential boost to my confidence and happiness.
I think that the lower stress, lower pressure to be creative might be better for my nerves. I want to see if I’m more passionate about being a great Tester.

3. Wake up earlier in the morning – during the week I force myself out of bed at 6:30, sometimes 7, to get to work by about 8 – 8:30. On weekends, I generally sleep in until 9, I just can’t get myself out of bed before that. I hate the waste of 4+ hours on the weekend that I could be doing something, even just reading.

4. Start reading more – there are so many books I want to read, but because of items 1 and 3, I haven’t had much “time” to do so. Hopefully I will now!

Not really a goal, but I’ll be helping my husband get a job now that his studies haven’t panned out, and hopefully he’ll be happy for a few years before he starts burning out again. Ah, the joys of working in IT!

Summary

1. Spend less time reading news, blogs, forum posts.

2. Consider a career in QA – apply for a few jobs, read a few books, see how it goes.

3. Get up earlier on the weekends, at least 7AM.

4. Read more non-fiction and fiction books, 1 fiction a month and 1 non-fiction every 2 weeks.

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