I wanted to expand a bit upon the typical “About” page you see on just about every other personal website or web shop, so I though doing it as a blog post was the way to go.
I’m a 40 something father of two who has spent almost his entire working life as a software engineer. Starting off in the 90s with Pascal, Delphi and Visual Basic, moving on to C# and settling with that working for startups, financial institutions and various other tech companies.
Now, the IT industry can be brilliant or horrific to work in – particularly if you have children. Some companies are very family friendly and don’t expect overtime, but a lot aren’t. The problem is that the is a talent short in tech and it will be that way for the foreseeable future. As a result a lot of companies pay well, but the also expect you to work all hours. That is not good for people with a family. Anyways I went through a string of employers who were the type that expected overtime and I’ll be honest it burned me out. So I took a career break.
Then Covid happened.
And I bought a load of tools.
I made some bits and pieces and sold then at a Christmas craft fair.
And the rest as they say, is history.
To be honest I’ve never been happier. Admittedly I’m not earning the same as I was in IT, but it’s enough. Plus, I can spend more time with my family.
Sometimes a big change is the best thing you can do.