For this week’s apprenticeship pattern, I did a reading on “The Long Road”. The Long Road pattern is about your future. In this pattern it talks about trying to imagine yourself 10 years, 20 years, or even 40 years from now. They want you to think about that and possibly write down a summary of your profession. By doing this, it will enable you to think how you would want your professional path to be like and allows you to plan how things could go. The problem in this pattern is that you want to become an expert in what you want to do however, things may get in the way like that such as promotions and just always picking the highest paying job and by doing this, it takes away the goal you had originally which is to do something that you enjoy doing but instead doing jobs that in reality sucks.
My initial reaction to this, is that it is an interesting pattern to read about. It is interesting because I never thought to look past 5 years into the future and just thinking about the future and where I want to be in general. Obviously, everyone wants to make six figures, but the main goal is to make that much by doing something you love or enjoy doing. After reading this pattern I did take a moment to think about where I would like to be down the road and it made me realize what I really wanted to do with my future. Of course things happen, and the future isn’t exactly set, but it gives me a good idea of what I need to do and what I have to do to accomplish it.
The pattern has changed the way I view my profession because I never thought about needing to take a step back and think about the distance future of where I would like to be. Do I still want to be programming all my life or would I like to do something different by the age of 40? It was an eye opener to me because it really allowed me to set goals that I want to achieve by a certain age. Sure, programming is fun and all but there’s much more to life than sitting around a desk and creating programs and such. I want to create memories that will last a lifetime and explore the world. If I can find a career that would enable me to do that then that would be the ideal job.