Investigating What I Love at Work

August 20, 2021

Earlier this year, I took a break from my job to focus on my mental health and to become an iOS developer.

At times I have felt like an imposter and I have loathed my job. At other times I was so excited to go to work or to program something outside of work. I want my next job to be one that I love going to every day, so it makes sense to try to figure out what I will love based on the past. I wrote down a timeline and made notes about the things I liked and didn’t like. And I looked for patterns.

It turns out that I love:

  • Making visual interactive apps
  • Working on my own thing
  • Teaching others
  • Building things or individual consumers, not large businesses

That is why I’m studying to become an iOS developer. It’s visual and interactive. I can make my own apps. And I can teach others as I learn.

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Written by Adam Garrett-Harris, a podcaster and software engineer in Utah. You should follow him on Twitter