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Well that first email is from someone who didn't realize that building enterprise systems means building and maintaining reliable, documented, industrial strength code that needs to work for a decade or more. Compare that to the variety of fun little projects they throw at you when earning an undergraduate degree. Of course there's no comparison; long enterprise work can be boring, while those uni projects are often varied, challenging and fun. Add in the obvious contradictions in that email, such as "I enjoy programming itself" but "I don't enjoy programming as a hobby", and I think this is just someone who doesn't really understand themselves, and who had the wrong expectations when entering the workforce. Until they figures out their preferences, they won't be happy. They'll just keep moving from job to job, wondering why each one leaves them dissatisfied, and why they can't choose a career.
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Apr 30, 2013