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  • This topic has 20 replies, 11 voices, and was last updated 2 months ago by avatarLeon.
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    avatarKate
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    Ok, do not quit a job unless you have another one first. OR your partner is totally fine with supporting you while you go to school full-time and find a new job, and you’re fine with that too, and you’re sure your relationship and finances are stable enough to make that a reality.

    Like, yeah, absolutely, pursue what you want to do. Take the classes, online or at night. You can take programming classes basically free through programs like edX. My dad just completed a 9-course program in data science, online, at Harvard Extension school and I think it literally cost him like $45, and he’s pivoted at work to do something he’s really interested in, using those skills. It took a few years to get through all the classes and do the pivot, and at no point did he quit his current job (he’s semi-retired, 22 hours a week, and quitting wouldn’t make sense, but still). You need to get the training, and the reputation, and figure out if you even like it, and see what kind of opportunities are even out there, before you transition into that type of role.

    Also, at your current job, don’t freaking sit there and wait for your supervisor to tell you you’ll get a promotion or raise. TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER TRAJECTORY, learn how to have the conversations with your boss about promotions and raises. Start reading askamanager.org regularly. Find a sponsor, if you can, at work (someone more senior than you who likes your work and is willing to help you advance). Wake up, take control.

    https://www.edx.org/

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 4 weeks ago by avatarKate.
    #850813 Reply
    avatarktfran
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    Nobody should be telling this LW to quit her job to pursue her dreams. She’s raising a child. He or she needs a stable home. If the child didn’t exist, I’d say go for it.

    People gave you great advice on pursuing programming while keeping your current job.

    #850868 Reply
    avatarron
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    I think letter has been edited. I recall that originally it said she was doing some programming at her current employer, but it was not an official job duty.

    #851147 Reply
    avatarMP
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    Programmer here! Ask me anything you’d like on how to become one. It’s good that you’re already doing something techy because the pivot will be easier.

    https://www.freecodecamp.org this is how I got my start and started to build my portfolio. Can you get your company to pay for coding classes at General Assembly and stuff like that?

    #852444 Reply
    avatarfuchsia
    Member

    Hello everyone. Thank you for all your advice. For those who are asking. I’m 25yo, female and married with 1 child. This is my first job. When I started working, my boss noticed that I have skills in programming. And since then I have been developing web systems for our team and other teams that automate tasks in our company. But of course I’am also working as a sysadmin. Although doing these projects are not really included in my job description and I only get “Thank you” for these, I actually enjoy doing them.

    If only I don’t have any obligations, i might actually give it a go at any moment. But since I already have a child to support to. I’am really afraid to try these new things, because I’m afraid I will not be good at it and regret leaving my stable and expanding job.

    My current job is already my comfort zone. And my coworkers are like my family too. My boss is also very kind. And thinking about leaving all of this makes me think a hundred times.

    #852455 Reply
    avatarron
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    You confirmed my impression from your original letter that you are already doing quite a lot of programming. Is there some reason why you can’t just gradually shift into a larger fraction of your job is programming. You say you work with people who are automating functions at your company. Does this group have programmers? Why can’t you just make your interest known and slide into that group, since you are building a portfolio of successfully programming within the same company? If some university coursework is required to be a programmer, does your company offer tuition reimbursement or in other ways formally encourage employee growth?

    What do you do as a systems administration. At the company where I worked, the systems administrators were adept programmers.

    #852529 Reply
    avatardinoceros
    Member

    I’m still not sure why it has to be one or the other. Apply for your dream job or jobs that will get you there now, and if you get one, quit your current job. If you don’t have the skills to get those jobs yet, then take classes in your spare time or do your own tutorials or whatever.

    We’re not saying to quit your job or to saying to give up your dream.

    #852531 Reply
    avatarMP
    Guest

    Agreeing with dinoceros 100%! Have you applied to many programming jobs yet fuchsia?

    #852713 Reply
    avatarLeon
    Guest

    Mmm. Life is now, and time passes, but I’ve learned to meet in the middle.
    Maybe getting a half time job while you study is a good choice?

    Don’t put all of your eggs in the same basket.

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