I’ve done tons of research over the past few weeks, including getting some great feedback from the community here regarding my situation (mid 30s, two degrees under my belt, making pretty good money as a nurse), and I’m not feeling too great about the reality regarding making this an eventual career.
For starters, living in Houston is a major downside as we are likely the worst big city in Texas for tech jobs. It also doesn’t help that our biggest industry, oil and gas, is on a long downturn, resulting in lots of local IT/tech layoffs. Apparently the pay here for developers is worse than Dallas or Austin, and without a more thriving tech industry like Austin has, people without traditional CS backgrounds have a harder time breaking in.
I make good money, and I’m having a hard time stomaching the idea of possibly needing at least a masters in CS (I just can’t see myself going for a 3rd BS) and taking a substantial paycut at that (along with the tens of thousands for undergrad CS prereqs and the MS classes). Maybe all this is just me over thinking things, and I’ll find a health IT related area I can leverage my clinical background to jump over, but I’m not feeling too great about eventual job prospects.
All of that said, I am having fun learning and maybe I can happiness with this just being a hobby. In some ways it seems silly to be spending my free time studying coding like I’m back in school, but hopefully I continue to enjoy it. It’s crazy how all of my usual hobbies have taken a back seat to coding recently.
Anyways, for those of you who are also in this more as a hobby right, why is that? Was that your intention all along or did you decide that coding as a career isn’t a good option for you? What keeps you motivated to keep learning and working without the job/financial rewards many people are eventually seeking?
Thanks all! I always look forward to discussions here!