I have, or more accurately *had*, an unusual technical position which gives me a wide amount of independent work experiences, traveling worldwide for field work, sales, etc. It is really fun, but I’m now on the proverbial sinking ship with it, ready to jump.
Sorry, but I have to be really general and vague with this, but hopefully you can read between the lines to get some kind of wisdom behind it. For more context, I work for a huge international company, that works on a wide variety of high tech systems.
I’ve been many places, seen many things, and gotten my fix of high technology, social exposure, and dirty, hands-on work. It pays way more money compared to other similar positions I see on Glassdoor, and bet it’s much more than most of those “location-independent” digital nomads.
My team works well together, there’s no obvious toxic behaviors, people generally get stuff done when they need to, and solve all sorts of problems as they arise.
But… there is something fundamentally wrong with the system, since the product just doesn’t sell like it’s expected to, and it’s been this way ever since its inception (many years ago).
We have a lot of customers lined up, nearly begging, to pay us millions of dollars, yet our company just doesn’t know how the fuck to seal the deal. And my team, down in the ranks, simply doesn’t know how to get the organizational environment to get its shit straight. None of us are trained for (or has the gift of) schmoozing around Microsoft Teams to get people, in a completely different division of our company, to close the fucking deals.
Therefore, when you are having fun, enjoying all the cool experience it gives you, don’t simply settle for that job you love. Take a really close look at the organization that is managing your product line. When something is dysfunctional, that is beyond your ability to fix, then jump the ship before it sinks, even if you like the position you’re in.
DON’T WAIT FOR THINGS TO TURN AROUND.
DON’T LET IT TAKE YOU DOWN WITH IT.
If you’re in a huge company, the system is too complicated, too large… and like a giant cargo ship, it has way too much momentum to simply turn around and change course.
I’ve learned a lot about how NOT to manage a program, but because of this, I’ve lost a LOT of time, and opportunities, learning how a profitable product line operates. Despite all these lessons learned, I now have to play catch-up in order to align myself on a new career path.