I haven't been writing a single line of code for one month. I barely have worked on my projects during that time; the reason is that I've been working on a non-related engineering job. 😲
When I ran out of money two years ago, I came back to Barcelona, and I applied to multiple job offers; most of them were software engineering related. I also reckoned that working at the library would be a good fit for a potential writer. The reason was that I thought that having such a job would allow me to write in my free time. I applied to an exam with thousands of people to be part of the library, and I got a good mark, but things at the City Hall move slowly.
Eventually, I served as Traffic Management Engineer, and I forgot about working at the library—or being a writer. I went back to Thailand after saving some money, came back later on because of the pandemic, and two years later, here I am, sitting at the library.
Working at the library is kind of weird: no meetings, no emails, no thinking about the job after clocking out, no extra time, no deadlines, and no pressure.
In terms of salary, it's not much different than when I was a Traffic Management Engineer. The most complicated part is interacting with people; they are unpredictable, and sometimes I'm afraid about their reactions towards me.
The job is pretty monotonous, to be honest, I reckon that is the most boring job I've ever had. As I don't have any VC backing up my projects, working at the library is like raising money again to run Nomoresheet, Jsonmatic, Tiempone, and this site. Furthermore, working with non-technical people allows me to know where they struggle when using computers, and I have some great apps that I can build.
Hi, I'm Erik, an engineer from Barcelona. If you like the post or have any comments, say hi.