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I drag my feet to work every day. Should I consider a change of career even though I'm only 28?

I studied accounting for my degree. My company is pretty okay, but I just really don't look forward to the work. Instead, I look forward to coding programs online (though I have no official background), and spend most of my weekend working on codes. Should I change my career?

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  • Kok Koon
    Kok Koon
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 27 Nov 2018

    I can't tell you what to do, I can only tell you what I did. I did accounting degree too and my passion is in digital marketing. Didn't do the Big Four route cos I couldn't see myself pass 12months, let alone 36months to get my CA.

    At 24, I dreaded my corporate work and after working 14 months + pay back all my study loan. Quit my job to start a business.

    Learn lots from the first business but eventually parted ways and build my side hustle with focus. The OMO served me well but I was evaluating my choice when I saw my friends rising up their corporate ladder.

    At 29, I had to decide if I want to stay self-employed or go back and start from the bottom of the ladder and work my way up. So I took a #yolo trip to #findmysoul - i intended it 6 months but with an ongoing project I took 2 weeks. In that 2 weeks of travel, i realised what I had was a firstworld problem. I was doing ok and I want to jettison everything for something uncerta

    I also remembered why I dread a corporate job - I even filmed the dreadful CBD crowd marching towards their offices in the morning and watch it on my phone when i was talking a 5-day professional course to be reintroduced to corporate life. That drive kept me out of a corporate career. So, my journey is somewhat similar, questions and questions before the big 30. If you have financial commitments/liabilities, make sure your decision is risk-calibrated/managed. Otherwise, experiment fast.

    One thing I've learned so far about career/work choices: Few know exactly what they are meant to do/their true north/ikigai. For me, i learn to strike out quickly what I hate doing and keep trying new things. Once I find something/a community I like, I dig deep. Kiss many frogs, one might become a prince. Date the prince. If it's a good fit, marry it with the rest of your life and make the most out of it. Carpe diem!

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    • Xinyi Lum
      So encouraged by your answer, Kok Koon! Thanks for sharing~
      28 Nov 2018
  • Yuhan Lian
    Yuhan Lian
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Updated on 28 Nov 2018

    Given that you spend the weekend coding away, do ask yourself if you really enjoy it. For me, I fell in love with it.

    Here's some route you can consider:

    1) Hold on to your job, but during your free time say, after work or during weekend, build something and keep going through those free tutorials on YouTube and read those well-written documentation.

    These days, most technical team prefer someone who can do the job rather than some paper qualifications.

    2) Enroll into a course full time basis. I did mine in https://www.thoughtworks.com/jumpstart and never regretted spending 3 months working from morning till late, learning something new and to code in a big group. Though it is considered a tech bootcamp.

    3) If you need some allowance, consider internship. Some developers are kind enough to teach. You'll be surprised how much they are willingly to share. Rarely do I get this when I was in poly and uni.

    Regardless of which route you take, you should be ready to feel some discomfort and of course some financial strain if you do take the full time path.

    About me: I did step 1, 2, 3, and now work in MNC as a developer after a year preparation :)

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  • Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    it depends. do you see yourself being happy in another job? how probable would that be? if it is very probable, then yes, you should change your career.

    in the meantime, learn as much about coding as you can. Skills future offers some courses on coding i believe!

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  • Steph Yeo
    Steph Yeo
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    Is there a community of people w coding careers that you can consult on what a coding job entails? I'd imagine that coding as a weekend hobby would be q different as coding for a living. And i dont think age should limit you from switching careers as long as you make an informed decision. All the best!

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    • Charmaine Lim Xiaomei
      Linkedin will be the perfect platform to get advices! People there are generally quite friendly too
      26 Nov 2018
  • Jason Sin
    Jason Sin
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    Perhaps you could take up a course in coding to see if you really like coding. You could consider combine your accounting background with coding to make yourself more marketable. Just my humble opinion.

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  • Tiffany SQ
    Tiffany SQ
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    Use your skill future credit ($500) or skillfuture study award($5,000) to study proper coding programs. You can check out many of the tertiary educations in Singapore, as many of them have specialised diploma courses, etc for u to take. From there u will gain networks and slowly switch to other fields once u know this is where u really want to be in :) And is okay.. many ppl do career switch in life too.

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  • Lok Yang Teng
    Lok Yang Teng
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    You can start doing mini projects on coding first. Once you have built up a considerable portfolio, you can use it to for career transition.

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  • Lim Chun Long Jimmy
    Lim Chun Long Jimmy, Biz Partner at Flagship Games
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 27 Nov 2018

    Alternatively, you may consider planning on how to get out of the rat race, and execute it. Refer to the following blog for more details: https://blog.seedly.sg/financial-independence-framework/

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  • Eva HJ
    Eva HJ
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered on 28 Nov 2018

    I do what I do best for a living (not my favourite thing in the world and there’s a corporate ladder to climb)

    but in my free time (2-3hours per day + weekends) I build my own side projects.

    Once one of the side projects can pay me as much as my full time job, I will quit.

    I do have a financial commitment so that’s the best alternative for me.

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      What side projects have you done?
      28 Nov 2018
  • Jason Han
    Jason Han
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered on 27 Nov 2018

    YES!! In my previous company not all programmers have computer science or IT degrees. Some are from Business Admin and other branches of Science like Mathematics Physics or Biology

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    • Jason Han
      You don't have to go to university to learn. Some subjects u do like Physics Chemistry Biology etc because you can't afford the scientific equipment to learn these stuff.
      03 Dec 2018
  • As Df
    As Df
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    Look for bigger companies into digital transformation. It's kind of the in thing nowadays and being able to understand what the heck the problem is and how you can help automate will be a good place to go.

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  • Gabriel Tham
    Gabriel Tham, Kenichi Tag Team Member at Tag Team
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    Level 8. Wizard
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    i also drag my feet....but bo bian la...need money is like that one.

    u think the cleaners and construction workers love their job too? For survival.

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  • Jeff Yeo
    Jeff Yeo, amateur Social contributor at School of social sharing
    Level 6. Master
    Answered on 23 Apr 2019

    I believe in this, you don’t have to love your job, at the very least you should not hate it. Dragging your feet means you most likely hate it and should look towards a career change.

    Since you found your pass in coding, I would say jump right into it.

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  • Npm Adele
    Npm Adele
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered on 23 Apr 2019

    Yes. The answer is pretty obvious, isn't it? You know deep down in your heart this doesn't suit you and you do not wait it either. If you retire at 60, you still have more than half your life ahead of you. Further, you are still young in your career, can afford to job switch easier now. Coding's rising too. So don't be afraid. Just need to step out of your comfort zone!!:D

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  • Elsa Goh
    Elsa Goh
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered on 26 Nov 2018

    Get new job first then change.

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