I’m beginning to feel like I no longer enjoy working where I do. My coworkers are stagnant in ability and only really program at work. Most of them are not in my age range and I live in a pocket of the country (far from any big programming communities). Thus, I’d like to start looking for another job. Although this is hard. It’s been ~8 months since I’ve been out of school and I no longer have strong contacts with companies. On top of that I feel like I’d be disappointing people by leaving since I was recently put in charge of a big project. I wish I could’ve told my boss I was looking for a new job and not been placed in charge of this but I feel they would fire me.
The problem I have is responding to emails during the day I feel someone walking by could read them. Also phone interviews could go from 30-60minutes and could add up quick. Then if there is a video chat interview I’d have to go somewhere else or work from home that day which could look “suspicious.”
TL;DR: No longer like current job, don’t know how to go about getting another one.
My question: how did you manage to do it all? Should I feel guilty about potentially leaving this project? Any other advice is welcome.