My job should be pretty safe, but even then... I don't have any fear.
Either I would find something else, or I would start something on my own.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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Just started a new position this year at the same employer where I've been for 34 years. I feel secure as company actively recruited me. If anything goes wrong, I'll just retire. This is an advantage to being an old fart.
The people I work for are not real software people so working here is more like working
on a plant floor. We don't have time clocks - but could. Developers (3) are discouraged
from talking to one another during the day, no after hour associations, no holiday get
togethers; come to work, do eight hours, go away till tomorrow.
So even though I am doing a good job on code that is a nightmare of mish-mash twenty year
old C mismanaged for more than a decade I have no idea what my boss's boss thinks of my job
and he controls everything.
Since I am the fifth or sixth person in two years to do this - all the others quit after less
time than I've been here - I assume they don't want to try to hire someone else and "train"
them on this mess. Maybe state like this: my security is based more on how painful it would
be to replace me than actual job performance.
But if my boss's boss has a bad day... things could change in a hurry.
I have been the boss a few times too - fixed these situations when I was in a position
to fix them. Here... I am but an egg.
I am past retirement age and don't really need to work... I like coding. How do you
retire from something you like doing? The place is near home, in Atlanta close to home
is a big deal. Normally, I would not have considered this job, old creepy ugly C code
mangled by a collection of not-so-good coders who did not care to do a good job.
The pay is good, commute is good, and the work itself could be fun - so I am here.
(For those of you who do not know Pippi: She is the creation of Astrid Lindgren, a Swedish author of children's books. Pippi is nine years old, super strong, has a big sack full of gold coins and lives by herself with her horse and her monkey. She is the epitome of a free spirit, doing whatever she wants, completely ignoring any objections. When she learns from her playmates that their school will soon have a vacation, she gets crossed because she doesn't get any vacation. She decides to start going to school, so that that she will have vacation, too ... Wikipedia: Pippi Longstocking[^])
... that I'm about to fire myself and outsource my job to China - but you know how these rumours go around an office ...
My job is at least as secure as Liz Trusses. Hang on, I'd better just check the news; I haven't seen it for a few days ...
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