$65k Bay Area WITCH "SWE" - Going nowhere and feel like just giving up on life
BSCS from random unranked state school
YOE: Few months
TC: $65k/year, living with parents
Need to stay in the Bay Area for family reasons
WITCH = Wipro, Infosys, TCS, Congizant, HCL. I work for one of these companies (1st job out of college). The client where i work at is Apple.
I have basically done nothing of value here that counts as experience i can put on my resume. I have ended up doing very little dev work (just some Java and JS) and mainly just some operations work here and there. Many days there is simply nothing for me to do. I want to leave but i have nothing that i can put on my resume to show for my time here.
My leetcode progress has been slow. I just really suck at these questions. I know i need to work a lot harder (multiple hours a day) if i want to get to the point where i can solve medium which seems to be the bare minimum for the Bay Area.
At this point I will even take a minimum wage job if it is what i need to do to get some actual dev experience on my resume. The longer I stay here, the longer I stagnate and gain no skills.
What do i even do in my situation? I am more interested in backend than frontend. So is my best bet to do 2 - 3 in depth side projects and put them on my resume to get interviews, then a ton of LC to pass the interviews? I will be going for the easiest companies possible of course (non-tech companies) rather than FAANG type companies. Thinking of also attending meetups to network and practice LC with others.
Anyone have any advice? It would be appreciated