My 20-Year Plan
I’ve never been much of a long-term goal setter. In fact, I only became interested in planning next steps even in the short term within the past few years. I can’t imagine what it has been about these recent times that caused me to seriously consider what the future holds. Probably a little less booze and a lot more Ali Farahnakian had something to do with it.
Anyway, here’s my plan:
- Keep working as a QA tester, release manager, etc for my current employer. It’s important that I stick with QA because I’ll have to remain in this position during the next step, which is
- Go back to school part-time for programming and finish my degree in computer science. This is in here because my current employer has offered to basically cover 90% of tuition after I’ve been here three years. Once my degree is done I work here for one more year to qualify for the education benefit, then
- Get a job as a QA manager for a video game studio. At this point I’ll have a degree in computer science and like 8 or 10 years in QA experience. I hope that’ll be enough.
- Design games and write about game design the whole time. I’m thinking board games, but whatever’s clever. I hope and pray that this can turn into a lucrative startup business so I can
- semi-retire and just move board games from my own company. Hire a sick game-making crew. Get myself a set of golf clubs. Meet Jason Rohrer. Die.
Except for the part where I die, I want all this to happen within 20 years. If the education benefit from my employer gets recessionized, the next few steps will change.
What’s your 20-year plan?