I won’t say I was forced to software engineering or computer science. After 10th, I literally had no idea about the options. I didn’t want to be a doctor. That’s the only thing that I knew. Commerce and arts used to be looked down upon, so science field was the only option. Inside science I only knew about Doctor and engineer. My brother chose engineering for himself. After 5 years, I blindly followed everything he did. I completed bachelors In computer engineering and got to work. Pay was pretty good. But looked at the salaries in US and decided to pursue MS. Finished masters and got into Google.
Now I realize I don’t like software engineer job so much. That just doesn’t feel like my passion. I don’t know what my passion is. I like solving small problems, mini projects using code. I love solving LeetCode type problems (brain teasers using code), it needs some interesting thinking And I love that part. However I hate going to office And work.
At this point, I am not sure what I like. I have to keep working to earn money. If I have to work, what is better than being a software engineer and get top dollars. But I feel very empty at the end of the day. Life doesn’t feel interesting at all.
Anybody in similar boat?
How do people change careers? I don’t know if I have any other skills either? Switching careers is so daunting.
At this time, I really think product management would be something I will enjoy but I am afraid if this is just because I haven’t seen that yet. I worry that i will not like that as well. I don’t know.
26 years old.
Keep them separate. Work is for money. Passion is for fun.