Let’s assume you went against my advice from a few months ago and you actually secured that job. That’s actually quite an achievement, but it’s not what I intend to write about. What you leave behind is, most of the time, more significant than what you think is being set in front of you.
Most likely your current job does not compare with the likes of Googamazbook. That’s OK. Or you feel that you did not get to achieve everything you hoped for when you signed up for your current, soon to be previous position. That’s also OK. Let’s walk through some possible frustration points:
1. Promotions (lack of)
You do feel you deserved more and you were passed on for promotions due to unclear, maybe non-professional reasons. Most likely this is true, but it does not always have to be about you as an individual; it’s about the way companies work.
FOSDEM is an annual event for software developers, focused on open source software, happening in Bruxelles during the first weekend of February.
The event this year was the 5th FOSDEM conference I attended, starting from 2010. During the years I have seen it evolve: as the presentation focus moved along with the industry, some topics faded out and got replaced by newer things. Many of these newcomers did not actually gain traction over the years and also faded out at some point.
One of the main transitions I have noticed was the one from abstract or too general things (e.g. discussions on the Linux Kernel or performance tricks in C/C++) towards end products and getting (soon to be) mature technologies applied in order to get clear outcomes.
The long interview day is nearing its end. Googamazbook got the best and the worst out of you (well, neither of those, but I’m trying to put some literature in here); the last interviewer comes in, smiles condescendently and greets you with:
Time for the easy interview, heh?
Yes, you have all the reasons to be concerned and feel you’re just one step away from failure (yes, why didn’t you spend the day by the pool in the basement of the many stars hotel they got you a room in for the interview?). But without further ado, the questions start pouring in:
How do you figure out if a process is CPU bound or I/O bound?
Tricky! Let’s not jump to the conclusion. There are 2 variables here, this means we have 4 possibilities: