The thoughts of Matthew Crist, a designer in Boston.

Mar 4, 2016

Next Steps

It’s easy to get complacent when you work in technology. The complacency usually starts out with burn out, followed by a general lack of a desire to grow.

This happened to me in the last part of 2015. I’d been working on a project for a year and a half, and we’d reached a point where project atrophy had started to set in, leading to overall burn out for me.

In the world of technology consulting, you spend most of your time on projects fighting for the right thing, but ultimately compromise in the end to ensure on time and under budget delivery. This constant struggle causes burn out by a thousand cuts.

After the project was wrapped, it became very clear that I needed a change. For the past eight or nine years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with major financial services firms, fledgling startups, race teams, and many other companies as a consultant. There was always something missing though. That sense that I was working on something that could truly impact the lives of others.

It became clear that a change was needed. It was time to change direction in my career trajectory.

I didn’t start hunting for a new job, but I did happen to stumble onto one that reignited a spark that has dulled over the years in consulting. One that would allow me to work with an amazing team, as I had at Cantina for 5 years, but also to be able to focus my energies in areas that I am passionate about and give back to my adopted community.

I’ve recently taken a new position with the City of Boston. I have literally been counting the minutes until I am able to start this new journey and am looking forward to taking on the new challenges and learning opportunities that this new role will present.