As corny as this might sound, I am a strong believer in doing what you love and loving what you do. Our time is limited on this Earth, and I think we owe it to ourselves to at least try and make it as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. We spend 8 hours (and often more) a day at work, 5 days a week. That’s a lot of time to waste being miserable! That is why I decided to change careers a few years ago, and now I just LOVE being a web developer! Out of all the jobs I’ve had in my life, this one is the most fulfilling, challenging, and FUN! I decided to round up a few reasons why I chose this career for myself and what makes it a perfect fit for me.
1. It’s a never-ending challenge.
The more I study, the longer my “to learn” list gets. Each new thing I learn opens up a gate to a whole new lot of concepts, tools, APIs, etc. This keeps me engaged and curious about what’s to come. The web development field is relatively easy to jump into, with a lot of the tools you need being free and accessible. At the same time, once you really get into it, it gets so deep and specific that you just never run out of ways to grow and improve your craft.
2. It’s an amazing creative outlet.
The creative aspect of web development is very important for me. I love creating things even in my spare time, and it’s crucial for me to have reasonable creative freedom at work. Whether it’s dabbling with design files or finding a unique solution for a client’s problem, it definitely satisfies my creativity bug on a daily basis.
3. It’s an introvert’s paradise.
I don’t know if I was always introverted or if working in retail for years ruined human interaction for me. Regardless, I am so happy here at my desk in my own happy bubble with my best friend: the whole World Wide Web.
4. Web is alive and ever-evolving.
I’ve only been a professional web developer for about 3.5 years, and I feel like the web development scene is already so different from when I first started. The web trends are so refreshing and ever-changing that you have to be passionate about what you do to keep up!
5. I love technology.
When I started dabbling with web development, my gadget collection consisted of a smartphone and a laptop computer. By now, I think I own one of everything as far as devices go. Being a developer is a great excuse to keep buying technology gadgets “for testing purposes, definitely not for fun,” as I explain to my husband.
6. The office environment is so fun.
Office cubicles get a bad rep, and I never understood why. You get your own little nook that you can decorate, personalize, and make your own. What’s not to love? Plus, there is coffee and unlimited sports insights from your coworkers.
7. One thing that is even better than an office? A HOME office!
2020 was not the most pleasant year in a lot of ways, but if there was one good thing that came out of it, it’s got to be telecommuting. Not all occupations qualify for it of course, but since I only need a computer, internet connection, and my own brain to get work done, this was an easy transition.
When I was talking about telecommuting being the only good part of 2020, I lied. Another amazing thing that happened to me personally was giving birth to my son Leo. He was born on March 14, 2020, around the time when the City of Philadelphia went into the COVID-19 lockdown. Just a few weeks after Leo was born, I was able to return to work at full capacity while telecommuting. While I am a Web Developer, I am first and foremost a mother, and it means so much to me that I have the opportunity to pursue my career while still witnessing all of my son’s milestones and being present in his life. My web development job really does allow me to have it all, and for that, I am so grateful.