I’m at a crossroads.
My scholarship runs out by the end of September (and my PhD thesis will be at least almost finished by that time), so now I’m at the point where I’ll have to decide what to do in the future.
There are plenty of jobs in the usability / user experience sector, but all which I’ve found mean working on proprietary software. However, when I compare my motivation for doing work which serves only a company and their customers with my motivation for working on Free Software which benefits potentially everyone, the differences are immense!
When doing work on proprietary software, I do what I’m asked for and I apply high quality standards (I’m still German, after all 😉 ), but when I work on Free Software, I’m really excited and feel that I’m contributing to something bigger, which feels so much better!
Therefore, I’m not really eager to take on a job where I work on proprietary software, only being able to spend my spare time on what I really care about.
So I thought to myself “Hey, I have that blog which is read by a few hundred Free Software enthusiasts, maybe some of them know someone who might make my dream of working full-time (or at least part-time) on Free Software come true?
That’s why I’m asking you, dear reader: Do you happen to know of any organization which might hire (full- or part-time) or contract me for work on the usability of Free Software (preferably KDE software, but other Free Software would be okay as well)?
An alternative to working on FOSS would be working in the area of Open Access / Open Science, because that’s just as important to me as FOSS. Any pointers in that direction would be appreciated as well.
Thank you in advance!
UPDATE: This is why I love the Free Software world: In other contexts, people help those they know personally (or maybe others they hope will help them in return later), but in the Free Software world when I post a blog post asking for help, I even get comments from people I haven’t met before, and even people from the press like Swapnil Bhartiya share my post on Google+ to help. Thank you all guys, you show me how awesome the FOSS world is!