3 months sabbatical, 60 % and a new job

Today is my first day back at work after a 3 months sabbatical due to the birth of my second son. The three months were a great time with my family. Also a great oppertunity to think about what I want to do afterwards.

In the past I spend a lot of vacation days to join Open Source events and also worked frequently during the night to program and to maintain my website. This was possible as I had a lot of remaining vacation days from the first 3-5 years of my employment in which I basically did not take any vacation.

I very much enjoy what I’m doing in my primary employment but I also enjoy programming in the Open Source world and writing and speaking about it.

Therefore I decided to reduce my worktime to an average of 60%. I guess this is the the proof that it is possible to trade money against time. :-)

In additional my employer asked me if he could leverage my mobile knowledge. Therefore I will change responsiblity and will be responsible for the mobile solutions of a certain area.

Fun times ahead!

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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12 Responses to 3 months sabbatical, 60 % and a new job

  1. ekke says:

    have fun – decisions sound great :)

  2. Good luck, Lars. Less work and doing mobile – sounds like a promising path you took :)

  3. Manue lBork says:

    Great to hear you’ll continue your open source work. Good luck and enjoy your time!

  4. Marcel says:

    I wonder what your “certain mobile solution area” will be about. Sounds like special forces :)

  5. jarrasz says:

    Congratulations! Seems to be a good opportunity!

  6. Cris says:

    Good luck !!

  7. Andreas says:

    Sounds great! Sounds like a good decision!

  8. Tonny Madsen says:

    Good luck to you. There are quite a few new jobs around right now, it seems :-)

  9. Mur says:

    It sounds nice.
    And congratulation to the birth of your son.

  10. Andy B. says:

    That sounds great. Congratulations!

  11. Alex Ruiz says:

    Hey Lars,

    Congratulations to your second baby! I’m very happy for you!

    I wish you the best luck on the adjustments you made to your career. Sounds very, very exciting!

    Cheers,
    -Alex

  12. Raminder says:

    Congratulation for birth of your son !!!
    And good-luck for new assignment.

    We’ll be wait for new tips !!!!

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