Let’s keep this in blog , not spreadsheets.
“Engaged/engaging” means level of mental engagement, including traction, level of interest and positive feedback loop. This depends on many things such as trySomethingNewStrategic. In retrospect engagement may not mean much, but it does affect my satisfaction then and there, which is important according to Theodore Rubin.
Engagement is a major determinant of medium-term job satisfaction. Because of it I walked away from CVA, Barx and other higher, easier java jobs.
This factor is notoriously n inherently elusive, unstable (strategic). Engagement is impermanent, then-and-there, like joy and sadness. I once found wafer fab spacesuit fashionable! Big data, wpf, quant, swing, FIX, kdb, … were once attractive to me. What’s engaging used to be stategic trySomethingNew, but look at other blog posts… It’s hard to identify an endeavor as long-term engaging.
When I was into option math, I didn’t want any low latency or connectivity projects.
I think soon I could lose interest in mkt data or latency.
However, even in a 5Y java/c#/python job, I believe i can find engaging challenges.
Q: On marketable-tech-xp.xlsx, which factors on row 2 help keep my mind engaged?
– Some form of complexity is always helpful. There are some on Row 2.
– Poor “market value” always decimates my “engagement”. There are some protective factors on Row 2.
The job_satisfaction_predictor spreadsheet compares past jobs in terms of engagement.