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Six months ago I landed my first tech job as a “Jr. Drupal Developer” at a government contracting company. It was a dream come true. I have an associates in Digital Media, a very generic degree but one that is allowing me to pursue this career. It started off nice and all but now I don’t feel too good about it at all.
Let me run down what I do at my job. I am the only person working on a single project that was contracted out years ago. Someone had this job before me and left the company while doing this contract and I took it over. I work alone everyday, I am not on a team of any kind. I have a boss that doesn’t really work with me at all. He calls once every 2 weeks and “checks in”. I feel as though no one really gives a shit about me. No one ever asks, “oh how is this project going?” or “hey when is it going to be done?”. I rely on my own deadlines and thats it… hopefully the project gets done someday… I talk with the clients a lot to get a feel for what they want. They have no idea of what they want. They want a million things! I hold meetings every now and then to give them a progress report on how Im doing and they tend to like what Im doing but then add on 2 million optional things they want for the site. Its a cluster fuck of information and I have no project manager or team members to rely on.
I work with Drupal on a daily basis and since my start with this company I have realized that this is not the technology that I want to work with… ever again. It makes sense for the site that Im making, but it is horrible to work with. Lately I have found myself getting off task and just working on my own personal projects. I mean who is really going to know what Im doing. No one ever checks in with me. I have no other team members. No one seems to give a shit about me. I have 1001+ things to get done on this site and I find it really hard to want to do any of it.
Is this the nature of government contract work? If so count me out, forever.
I am thinking about applying to other jobs. But Im very worried that, this being my first job in the field, that it will be hard to find work with only 6 months under my belt as a “Jr. Drupal Developer”, a title I don’t want. I am however very passionate about web development and work on personal project daily. My current goals are to work in the software engineering world as a front end developer, on a team, with deadlines, goals and objectives. Should I start applying to jobs with this being my only experience in the tech world?
Thoughts on any part of this post?