When I was in college I told myself that if things weren’t going great career-wise I would fall back on law school at 26. Well that didn’t happen and now I’m 30 and still don’t have it figured out. Today I started with an open notebook paper and wrote down “selling value” as crucial to my success. I listed closing the deal and commercializing value under the word selling. Under providing value i wrote down Motion Graphics / video editing, webwork / web design, financial planner, job (operations, programming).
I then looked up different job opportunities on indeed.com. searches included financial planner 68 jobs Motion Graphics 12 jobs video editor 15 jobs. I then looked at data analysts 997 jobs Java developer 601 jobs software developer 776 jobs it security 2200 jobs financial analyst 630 jobs software engineer 1600 jobs. The salaries for these positions were also much higher: IT security 114k, SQL Developer 81k, Java developer 89k, software engineer 75k.
It seems pretty clear that these skills are in high demand and pay very well.
I’m about to put my financial career path behind me and move forward with this route. I’m not a dummy. How could you not have to look at this data and not decide to make this decision. Combine this with the fact that most of the financial jobs I see are really sales. I am not a sales guy and honestly I’m not a huge people person. What I am is analytic. Programming programming is like building spreadsheets on steroids. I like working on projects and I like building things. The problems with the financial world is the lack of the validation or building something tangible. You could have a great idea but until it gets validated in the market it doesn’t really mean much. That could take a lot of time. And you still don’t know if you’re right until it is validated. And the market can be dumb. You can have a great idea but the market could be acting irrational. When I stopped trading and started thinking about Motion Graphics and website building I was super excited about the idea of working on something tangible at the end of my hard work I had something to show for it; a video a website, etc.
No I didn’t go to school for programming and I don’t know how difficult it may be but I do know one thing I can do anything I set my mind to. I am also really good at learning and up to the challenge. Coding is something you can learn by yourself or take one of these coding bootcamps. I have often said that going to college to get say a Spanish degree or foreign language degree is dumb because you can learn it on your own at a much cheaper cost and as long as you know the language people don’t need to see a degree they just need to know that you know the language. Programming language is no different if I can learn the languages all I need to do is prove that I’d learn the languages I don’t need a fancy degree to show me that. With that being said I coding bootcamp may not be a bad idea either. The average length of a coding bootcamp is 12 weeks and the average cost is $12,000. On the surface it seems like a good investment. I’m going to get my feet wet by beginning to learn some of the languages on lynda.com. I will also begin to research coding bootcamps in the strategy of maybe saving some living expenses financing The Bootcamp and making a change in my career which in theory has never really begun. And honestly those other projects that I’m working on Motion Graphics Web building video editing offering up Financial advice on a personal website. They don’t really go away they are still there if I’m a programmer I can definitely run a website or a business online. With the wages and salaries nearing six figures for computer programming there should be some room in there for a shorter career and or negotiating a lower salary with more flexibility potentially remote work or Summers off. In the entrepreneurial space it is known that you can’t rest on your laurels you’ve got to continue to look forward and be abreast of the changes in the environment around you. You can’t be stuck in your ways you have to adapt and evolve. I look at this new opportunity as a way to adapt and evolve and again I’m not completely disowning the world of Finance there is a company called Forex Factory here in Tampa that has a programming job available for $100,000 per year. A programming position could easily become more of a business analyst position with a flip in a financial company after getting my foot in the door as a programmer.
My goal now is to learn as much as possible download information into my brain like in The Matrix. Fortunately this is my specialty.