I’ve been in the legal industry for 12 years and have hit a ceiling. I’m dissatisfied, bored and stressed. (You can’t know how hard it was to be a Pats fan and have to file the NFL’s appeal in federal court against Tom Brady.)
I’ve been coding privately for over 20 years as a sporadic hobby. Never took a class, never had a job doing it, which is why most of what I know are outdated languages like PHP and pre-dotNET VB. But I enjoy it. It’s my creative outlet. I lose track of time when I’m doing it. Obviously I’m now taking this class to get up to date and learn best practices, and I’m glad to be making strides in this direction.
The problem is that no matter how unfulfilling my job is, I can’t afford to start over again at the bottom. I have a family to support, a mortgage, lots of bills. I’ve paid my dues in my field and earned myself a decent income.
With what I’ll learn in this course, how can I parlay my law degree and decade of hard work into making some sort of lateral move? Is it possible? Is it wise? What types of positions could I qualify for? Will recruiters get turned off by my tech-free resume? (And will New England ever forgive me for my sins?)