I have an interview for a new job tomorrow and the day that I can tell my boss I'm leaving can't come any sooner. To many people, they can say I have a good job. I make a great amount of money for my age as a software developer, with my highest education level being an associates' degree in general ed. I get to work from home almost every day, and I don't constantly have an employer breathing down my back, but I absolutely hate this job.
I've been here for going on 3 years, and it was my first real job as a developer. When I first started, it was the most I'd ever made in my life, and I thought I'd finally made it. But after being here for this long, all of the projects slowly turned into pure garbage. The current project I am working on is the bane of my existence. It was supposed to be a simple web app for a local college, in order to move their admissions process from paper to the web. However, the project has blown way out of proportion and, with several employees before me working on the project, has a lot of parts that are held together with glue and duct tape.
This client insists that we have a face to face meeting every week. Keep in mind that I live about an hour away, on a good day, and they love to meet first thing in the morning. The project has no end in sight, and will probably never have an end, just a never ending barrage of bugs to be fixed and features to be added. I used to work on other projects at the same time, but this project has grown to the point of taking up all of my time. The client wants things to be finished so quickly that I have to "bring my work home", and stay up late at night just to work on it, pulling away my time to spend with my family and relax.
To top this off, my employer offers essentially no benefits. I work an hourly position and get a whole 10 days off a year. That's it. No retirement options, no insurance offers, no opportunity for advancement, no salary, nothing. I mean, it's a bit understandable, as my employer is a small local business, and not some multi-million dollar company.
I've been on the job market for far too long, and I've found it very difficult to find new openings, for a few reasons. For one, I live in a small town, with the closest concentration of jobs in my field about 75 miles away. My hometown is primarily factory jobs, and I have no need for a software developer. I also just moved back home about a year ago and have no interest in moving again, especially to a higher populated area. Another reason being that any remote jobs I do find are very specialized, usually looking for a senior developer in some technology that is more than extinct.
I actually left my employer around Christmas 2015 for a new job I had found, only for the contract to fall through only a month in. I'm thankful that my employer was willing to take me back, but I'm still just as miserable as before. As I stated earlier, I have an interview tomorrow with another job that's fully remote, offers plenty of benefits, and will consist of much easier work. They seem very interested in my resume and I truly hope that, if everything goes well, I can be away from this soul draining job by the end of the month.