KEYNOTE: There and back again: Lessons from leaving and returning to software developmentiOS
At some point in almost every career, we find ourselves on a cusp, both yearning for change and fearing it at the same time. It might be brought about by the desire to try a new role, a new programming language, a new place to live, a new company, or, maybe, a whole new career. Regardless of the change itself, though, there are so many questions. What if I fail? Can I come back to what I was doing? How can I keep up the skills I had while I learn new ones as well? Is it better to go all into this change or just dip my toe in the water? What will others think?
In 2014, I left my role as a software developer at Twitter to pursue a career in the performing arts. 2 years later, I made my way to a full-time tech job. In this talk, I’ll share challenges faced, lessons learned, and things I wish I’d known as I navigated these changes.