30 Apr '13, 4pm

Year Five

The average lifespan for a software engineering job is 4 years. Okay, I've never actually seen proof (or contradiction), but that's the general feeling in the groups I associate with. Perhaps that's selection bias - my employer has generally changed on year 3 or 4. Perhaps this is the exception and not the rule, in that case feel free to simply read this as an experience report. However, I do think it's somewhat common for developers to leave around year 3 or 4. This entry contains speculation on why they leave, and offers one idea on what employers can do to break that cycle. My 4 year employment cycle generally looks like thisYear One: "I'm in over my head. My semi-bluff was in-fact a bluff. They're going to fire me any day." Year Two: "It's nice to feel like a productive team member" Year Three: "This is fun, and I'm not bad at it. It's satisfying to pass on knowledge t...

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