I’m not sure when it happened but I’ve become completely disenchanted with my career.
When I got out of college, I was excited to get to work. I had an internship with a giant mega bank writing software for billionaires and I was doing pretty well for myself. Never mind the fact that I didn’t negotiate my starting salary, a mistake I’m still feeling the repercussions of today.
Regardless, I was happy with working and I envisioned myself leading a long and prosperous career, ending it with a life of leisure and a giant nest egg. That could still happen but I’m working towards the alternative: ending my career with a life of efficient leisure and a decent nest egg, but a lot sooner than 65 (or 70…)
Career to Job
I’ve come to the point now where I don’t see myself working for more than 15 more years. I don’t think I’ve revealed my age up until now but 15 more years of working would put me well ahead of the typical retirement age. I’m working at my second company now and I’ve come to the realization that in my head, my career is over.
I’ve demoted it to the position it held before I got my degree: a job. It’s a means to an end, a stream of income and I’m trying to divert much of that stream into cash-flowing assets so that I can reach the point where I don’t need it anymore. And then what will I do?
Like every thing in this universe, your career is temporary. The length of will be determined by a few of factors:
- Your ability to lead an efficient life and save money
- Your ability to grow your career quickly to save more money
- Your willingness to continue with it even when you don’t need it
As you develop the first two factors to their completion, there will come a point where you have to make a choice: now that you don’t have to work anymore, how are you going to fill up your time?
Some people can’t imagine themselves without a job and that’s totally fine! Everyone needs something to fill up their days whether it’s a hobby, volunteering, employment or any number of things. Personally, I’d take at least a month off. If my employer would give me a leave of absence, I’d take it and see how I felt about it after that. Otherwise, I’d put in my two weeks notice.
After the month was up, I could see myself continuing to work but you can be sure as hell I’d approach it a little differently. If you didn’t need the money, you could say what you needed to say and do what you needed to do to be truly effective in any position, even if it wasn’t what people necessarily wanted to hear. And if thing started to go south, you could have the freedom to request a transfer or switch positions without worrying about if the bills will get paid.
Job to Job
I actually had a phone interview today which went really well. It’s for a position doing pretty much what I’m doing now but I would be designing property management software for apartment complexes and such. I’ve been dreaming about a job in real estate somehow but there aren’t too many opportunities to unite software and real estate so this seemed like a really good fit.
They must have liked me because they want to bring me in for an in-person interview early next week. I’m excited but I definitely have some reservations. I have a great job now so if I’m offered a position I’m going to have a few terms. I don’t know if they will go for it but even if they didn’t, it wouldn’t matter. I’m actually happy where I am, I just wonder if I would be happier somewhere else.
Especially if it can speed up my progress towards the highest financial goal: not needing a job at all. Wish me luck!