Which route would you pick?

May 20 19 Comments

I’m at a point in life where I have to make a choice. I have to chose my next route and spend the next 3 months studying hard so I can settle til retirement.

Back story: I’m burnt out and hate my job (coding). Been doing this for +10 years. I became a US citizen last year so grinding in exchange for a visa isn’t my motivation anymore. Not chasing promotions i’ve had a few and do not want to become an EM. I made some Ok money (can’t retire yet) so money and high TC means crap to me. Just looking for a purpose in life besides family. Or some excitement since we spend majority of our time at work. Which route would you pick in my case?

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Microsoft jesus-
    Go work for MS. Its a great company for wlb and culture is welcoming.
    May 20 4
    • Adobe OpenRoad19
      As a former Softie, I agree with jesus. Plus, the benefits are still very good despite what FAANG people tell you.
      May 20
    • OP
      Would you recommend MS Redmond? Problem is, I’d have to leetcode still.
      May 20
    • Adobe OpenRoad19
      I worked at HQ/Redmond. The campus is simply wonderful. The Commons area has shops and some stores and the grounds are beautiful- running trails, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, etc. I moved to the north of Seattle (in the ‘burbs) and whenever I go back to Redmond, I wish I stayed as it’s gotten bigger and is really a nice city, especially if you have children. As a DINK, I loved the restaurants and bars and Redmond Town Center was nice with its REI. Great trails in Redmond along with it being safe and clean.
      May 20
    • REI is gone. Redmond town center management has done a great job at destroying rtc over the past 4 years, now they are in trouble.

      (REI, Macy’s, Eddie Bauer, and Barnes and noble... literally every one of their anchor stores has left. Bed bath and beyond remains, and it is only through creative accounting that they call that part of RTC)
      May 20
  • Microsoft tuhmater
    You need a gap year my friend. You are at the perfectly messed up state to find the purpose of life. Travel for a year and come back as the next Jobs.
    May 20 5
    • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
      I want to do that too... But not sure if I can be employable after a year gone... That and it'll be real hard to get a work visa again :(
      May 20
    • OP
      Taking a year off in our industry is very dangerous. The hiring process almost takes a year now of prep. The competition is too high. If I take a year off I don’t want to leetcode :/
      May 20
    • Twitch / Biz Dev OWL#1Deal
      I feel handcuffed :( feel depressed, which drives a negative feedback loop of wanting to leave, but can't
      May 20
    • Microsoft tuhmater
      What are you really worried about though ? If money isn't a huge concern, got a citizenship, you probably already have enough money to live comfortably someplace like Montana or Thailand. Take a break and go to one of those countries that open your mind. You'll find the purpose. 😀
      May 20
    • OP
      That’s actually a very good idea 🤨
      May 20
  • Google plko
    If you think FNG will be better in terms of work then you might be seriously mistaken.
    May 20 1
    • OP
      Yeah I believe you. It would be my last choice
      May 20
  • “Non tech job like tech PM” 🧐
    May 20 1
    • OP
      Tech PM where your product is an API for example... no coding involved for the PM but tech background required.
      May 20
  • LinkedIn / Eng loan
    Why not a startup?
    May 20 0
  • Oath Bandya
    I am in the same bucket and I don’t know what to do either. Working for FAANG does not excite me anymore and preparing for 4-6 months for these companies, is too hard of a job. I am trying and pushing myself to prepare, but it’s not coming to me very naturally. May be it’s a comfort zone problem. Not sure what is next big thing to work for.
    May 20 0
  • Clever name.
    May 20 0
  • Scientific Games / Eng HmLh12
    TC?
    May 20 0