Feeling good out of my comfort zone
Well, after a long time without writing it's time to resume my occasional blogger activity, and for this fist 2014 post I want to talk about the new direction a have chosen for my life.
I am from Cadiz but since I finished my career, six years ago, I have been living in Seville and working in big companies ( Indra, Sadiel and Fujitsu ) for the most powerful Spanish client: Public Administration. This was my 'automatic professional direction', and although I was comfortable at job and I have learned A LOT during this period, I had the feeling to miss something, that's why I was always looking for something more.
But two about two years ago, something changed, I started looking out of corporative IT world to improve, and found that getting new certifications or demanded courses was not the best way to improve in my daily work. I started attending 'non-typically' professional events as a Apache Barcamp, Open Space, Betabeers, SevillaJS... showing me that a different path than working for big companies was also possible. Even I started to write my first side project
The other thing I was always
upset worried about was the lack of ownership of my work working somewhere were I wanted to do my best not only because I have to but also because it's the way to work as a team, but in outsources service projects this was impossible, at least in Spain, where the important was to bill hours and not the quality of the final product.
Then I realized that if I was living in Seville was only because my job were there and I always wanted to have the chance to live in Conil de la Frontera, were I like to go to relax and where the quality of life is unbeatable.
The funniest thing about all these changes was the post-shock I got, even when the decision was logic and I was sure that I wanted to don't miss the opportunity it was given to me, I needed some time to adapt myself:
- From living in a big city to live in a little town.
- From working in a big company in person to work in a real start up from home ( teleworking ).
- From speaking with my mates in Spanish to work in English.
So there is no reason to say I haven't gone out of my comfort zone and now I can really say that I have never been happier and more confident with my decisions, even when I have more responsibility over my shoulders and the work is far harder than at my last job... So it was worth.