Hey Tech Twitter: Can you tell me what your post-tech burnout career is going to be?
I am going to be a professional hermit. Or bake. Idk.
— Jessica Rose (@jesslynnrose) November 12, 2019
Real-talk. I’m probably going through some professional burnout, and it doesn’t have anything to do with being on leave. It’s been a while and there are layers to it. Anywho, not too long ago, the idea of leaving the tech industry crept into my mind, and I didn’t shoo it out. I really did think about leaving. This is the time when people like me leave, after all. When we’re all marching along, looking towards the future, and the glass pane suddenly smacks you in the face (but not them). I really did wonder, hey, maybe I’m just okay at this, and that’s it. Like, not even middle-management good. That the feedback and praise I’ve gotten for years might just be encouragement for me to keep my head down and not quit–but nothing more. Ten years of making wireframes and mockups is getting old.
The funny thing is, working on the web, in design, or in tech, *is* my backup plan. An incredibly lucky one too. Unlike in 2009, when I bounced from academia into something that was already familiar, doing it again with the life I have now…I may not be so lucky again.
All of this is written in the past tense not because I snapped out of it, but because I’m going to wait and see what happens. I really do love the web, and this ridiculous industry that’s come out of it, but I won’t stay forever if this is all there is to it–for me.