Not entirely by choice.
Not entirely by choice.
I've had a long and varied career. Almost all of it involving programming of one sort or another and, for a large part of my career, planning some spectacular projects. It's now late October 2019 and all of that has come to an end.
A lot of my career has been spent working closely with CEO's, directors and company owners. It's a very privileged position to get in to and it carries a certain amount of risk. Luckily, I've generally found that these very important people are just people and, more importantly, people who want the best for their respective businesses. Anyone who helps with that goal is alright by them.
Sadly, one of the dangers you cannot account for is a change 'at the top'. Being close to the upper echelon of an organisation means that, when that upper echelon is overthrown, your position becomes precarious. New broom doesn't always discriminate what it brushes away. Well, that's life.
So, end of October, I find myself out of work for the first time since I started work in 1977. I face the stark prospect of starting the job search trail or retiring. As a developer with a stupidly high salary and so many years development experience, I find the prospect of coding Fizz Buzz in interviews unappealing, so retirement it is.
My options are open.
The are programming languages I have dabbled with that I want to get better at. There are models to be made, websites to be created and, dare I say it, a Mac application to be written (just as soon as I work out Mac's).
As you may have seen elsewhere, I've created a few web sites and expect that, as soon as 'some people' discover I have free time a few more requests will be appearing in my inbox. The first of those appeared within days and the second is already up at the UAV Test Pilot site.
Will I work again?
Well, that's the important question. I will always be open to offers and would like to have a proper job again. I always expected to be one of those people forced to retire at 75, kicking and screaming as they carried me out of the door. Unfortunately, few places want a winforms developer, let alone one in their 60's. So, not holding my breath for another position.
I begin my retirement with a couple of projects on the go. If you're interested in those, take a look at my retirement projects page.
It's a start to retirement.
Don't take my word for my abilities, take a look at other peoples opinions about me.
One very quickly runs out of superlatives with Steve. He is the cleverest person I know. He is highly innovative, passionate regarding the proper maintenance of agreed standards and protocols and establishes excellent relationships with our clients.
I have had the pleasure of working with Steven for several years in my role as CTO. He his one to the most multi-disciplined technically skilled developers I have known but what sets him apart is his eye for, and attention to detail, particularly when considering the user experience. I would absolutely not hesitate in recommending Steven.
Steve is a rare developer resource who is able to provide a good breakdown of technical solutions for all audiences to understand... Steve understands the importance of project deliverable's both from a client and business perspective and shows a personal pride in ensuring the delivery schedules are met
I have worked closely with Steve for his time with us and long before we formed our company. His technical ability far out-performs anyone I have known or met in companies we have worked with like IBM/EDS/Cap Gemini.
Steven showed a great deal of commitment and skill when he worked with me. His attention to detail, comprehensive documentation and well thought out code, using very impressive technical standards meant that it was always possible to rely on the solutions provided being top notch. Steven is an asset to any company, at any level - if I were able to, I'd love to work with him again.