Leetcode hard and FAANG OR focus learning real skills
Mid career professional contemplating the future here. Happy with life, relationships are great, hobbies are fun, career is on the right track (mostly, will get to that later), sex life is good, no kids, no mortgage etc. No visa issues, I am a citizen.
Only thing I am not happy with is TC.
Currently contemplating 2 paths:
Path 1 - Leetcode hard and FAANG. This is the most "logical" and "practical" path. Except I really don't care for FAANG. The only reason I would consider it is because of TC. I couldn't give any fucks about brand name prestige or the people (I find most FAANG people insufferable).
Path 2 - Learn real skills that I actually I find interesting. I am into AWS/cloud and front end tech (my core competency is front end though I have exp full stack). I have a couple of entrepreneurial ideas that I want to make come to fruition. If I learn stuff like Serverless, I could stand up the entire stack myself. Best case scenario, I have a start up on my hands. Worst case, I learn in demand skills that I could use to leverage for higher TC (and I am ok with making less than FAANG TC).
Possible Path 3 - do both. Highly unlikely, bc I like having a social life and when I do a thing, I do it 100%.
I am leaning to Path 2, though blind would probably lean Path 1. I doubt there is anyone or anything on blind that could change my mind. So I guess try to convince me otherwise?
TC - 125K
YOE - 2.5