How to restart career?

Axtria foiba
Sep 17 44 Comments

Assuming I am early 30s, single, no kids, no mortgage, got emergency fund saved up, and have been flipping burgers until now, what's the best path forward to get a high paying job with minimal debt?

I don't want to rely too much on luck or low probability (like winning a lottery, finding a sugar mom, winning a lawsuit, or making millions through IPO) but follow a strategically defined path. The path should entail:
1. Something that's gonna stay in demand over the next decade
2. Something that would pay me well
3. Something that provides me with the skillsets to survive in that high demand market and catch people's attention

Options?

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TOP 44 Comments
  • Pure Storage hihi123456
    how'd u even get on blind?
    Sep 17 6
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Blind is an open platform
      Sep 17
    • Are you flipping burgers at Axtria’s cafeteria?
      Sep 17
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      No, I collect garbage at Axtria, then flip burgers at McDonald's in the evening
      Sep 17
    • New / Strategy Porsche996
      Is this real? I thought you're having a low paying job and being indirect about that in the post.
      Sep 17
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Yes, it's symbolic of a non-valuable and unrelated skillset with low pay. Willing to start over my career again.
      Sep 17
  • Chase
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    Chase

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    Neuberger Berman
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    Take out a $18,000 loan and do a full stack coding bootcamp with job placement and take the first company that makes you an offer. More money than flipping burgers.
    Sep 17 8
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Will the two years of a degree combined with $30-50k debt worth it?
      Sep 17
    • Chase
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      Chase

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      Neuberger Berman
      init 1more
      Porsche honestly doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so you can just ignore him.

      Just choose the RIGHT bootcamp. The best one that might actually get you a startup offer is App Academy. If you’re serious about being a SWE and not in a rush, meaning you’re willing to take a year to learn, do Launch School to learn full stack. Launch School is by far the best, but by far the most selective and the most difficult.
      Sep 17
    • Chase
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      Chase

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      Neuberger Berman
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      I will add that App Academy is ONLY full time. About 50 hours of coding in person, and pair programming, every week for 12 weeks. You can’t have a job during this period.

      Launch School is self study for the first year or so (faster if you’re a quick learner), and if you qualify for their Capstone, you will also be programming full time for 12 weeks and can’t have a job.
      Sep 17
    • Splunk / Eng
      polyglotAi

      Splunk Eng

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      Chick-fil-A
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      polyglotAimore
      Listen to Chase, they are spot on. Bootcamps are NOT a fad. Research what areas are in need. Frontend, backend, DevOps, automation, etc., then find the right bootcamp to join.

      I remember Intuit had a mobile bootcamp and hired folks after the 6-8 week session. You’ll end up doing automation scripts for the first 6 months, but you need to learn all of it (do UI and backend if possible). Keep doing startups so you touch a bigger piece of the pie, so to speak.

      BTW, no such thing as a full stack engineer, so become an expert at one or the other.....
      Sep 18
    • Splunk / Eng
      polyglotAi

      Splunk Eng

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      polyglotAimore
      Foiba, the quickest way to get into a Silicon Valley high paying job, become a technical recruiter. If you have the gift of rhetoric, then do full cycle....if you’re more of a data person, do sourcing. Both pay good money. Sourcing offers more flexibility in location or working remote.
      If you want to become a Recruiting Sourcer, just learn how to be a LinkedIn search expert and you’ll be making 150-180k + 10-15% + 30-50k RSU. It’s not a bad path.
      Sep 18
  • Salesforce ❤️malbec
    Do you really want to be in tech? Can you use your expertise (even flipping burgers) to do something like a food start up? You have some money. See if you can find a partner and maybe do a food truck outside axtria ?
    For passive income, get a home and rent out the rooms?
    Talk to a tax consultant.

    Coding may be too high of a mountain to climb unless you are genuinely interested in it.
    Sep 17 4
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Flipping burgers was symbolic of a non-valuable and unrelated skillset :) In other words, not leveraging my experience but starting over.
      Sep 17
    • Salesforce ❤️malbec
      Okay :)
      I meant, find your passion. Don't jump into tech because it makes money. Fitness coach, yoga instructor, graphic artist, so many professions out there. Be creative.
      Do tech if you love it
      Sep 17
    • Salesforce ❤️malbec
      Doing something you don't like in the hope of being rich is going to make you miserable.
      Sep 17
    • Kaiser Permanente / Strategy ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶
      Doubt you can make great money only with the goal of making money without assets in hands. Agree, it will make you miserable in a long run.
      Sep 17
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    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      It's not foolish because the one flipping burgers retires with 100k in his account, and the one interacting with customers retires with 400k if he survives in the market that long with that not-in-demand skill.
      Sep 17
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Not everyone is smart as you. Sorry about that.
      Sep 17
    • Chase
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      Chase

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      Neuberger Berman
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      Don’t mind Cisco, he is offended that people think they are capable of doing his job.
      Sep 17
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Thanks @Chase. Many people have a hard time understanding people follow different timelines, have different priorities, different experiences/exposure to information/personal situations, and most importantly not everyone is privileged. And all these factors multiply and evolve over time. It's so simple yet so hard to understand.
      Sep 17
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Re-read the post, it doesn't mention tech anywhere. It does mention money and a defined path though.
      Sep 17
  • AT&T MsdR32
    Do you have any degrees or any specific domain knowledge of anything?
    Sep 17 1
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      I made a series of bad decisions. I am exploring options to restart my career and hope I get the attention in the market and make good money.
      Sep 17
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng
    northgrum

    Northrop Grumman Eng

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    Lockheed Martin
    northgrummore
    LC
    Sep 17 1
  • Kaiser Permanente / Strategy ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶
    Do you know what type work you enjoy doing besides higher pay?
    Sep 17 1
  • Microsoft suany1
    Start at your local community college. Work evenings and weekends like hell to get through school, it will take time, but with time and practice come retention and growth. Get an entry level education and engineering prerequisites out of the way. Get an AA degree and attend the closest local university to get a bachelors degree in CS or CE. All the while do what you can to find technical work to get your feet when you can. Spend vacations and time off dedicating at least some time to learning in your field and where you want it to go. Get mediocre programming job. Learn how tough it is. Hit the books and practice. Keep working in retail because it’s the only stability you have until you’re a good dev. Graduate with BS. Go apply with the knowledge and growth you’ve acquired, and be prepared to continue the same process you’ve been on years prior. Do a little better each time. Done, well.. not really ever done.
    Sep 17 0
  • Lyft yolo007
    Be a coder will mentor
    Sep 17 4
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Are you willing to mentor me?
      Sep 17
    • Chase
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      Neuberger Berman
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      There needs to be more coding mentorships
      Sep 17
    • Lyft yolo007
      Yes, dm
      Sep 17
    • Axtria foiba
      OP
      Pinged you
      Sep 17
  • WePay Mxpy63
    Why don't you try G's resident tech program?
    Sep 17 2
  • Google thjdet
    Forget money for a while, what do you like? Do you like managing people? Running operations? Blind is biased for making you a coder.
    Sep 17 0

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