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Not sure what to do - March 5th 2014, 07:48 PM


I graduated college last year with a degree in Computer Programming. The thing is, I don't know if I should pursue a career in programming. I struggled to learn programming and had to ask for help on a regular basis. I only have a 2.5 GPA and I did really badly on my internship and I was only with the company for 1 month.

I don't really like programming, I feel like I'm pulling my hair out over the simplest of things and the stress is killing me. I don't want to waste the 3 years it took me to get that degree, but I don't think I could ever be half way decent at programming.

I'm really not sure what to do. Should I go back to school and take something I like? Or still pursue a Computer Programming job? Or Just take anything I can find and start earning money? I don't have a lot of money to afford going back to school and I still need a job to help pay for things.

Any advice someone could give would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Not sure what to do - March 5th 2014, 10:28 PM

I think the first thing you need to ask yourself is what you DO want to do. If you don't enjoy computer programming, then I don't think you should resign yourself to doing it for the rest of your life. With that being said, you should have a long-term plan in place BEFORE going back to college/university, so identifying your strengths and desired career now would be a good idea.

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Re: Not sure what to do - March 6th 2014, 06:34 PM

What do you want to do? What are your goals for the future? Even if you don't know this in specific terms, having a notion of the sort of lifestyle you want to have can really help you figure out a general direction to move in.

You've also said you don't want to do programming. Well great! That's a start. I don't think your degree is necessarily wasted. There are probably skills other than programming that you've picked up from your degree, whether that's other technical skills, or general things like the ability to think logically or to pay attention to small details.

It can be a good idea to focus on those skills as well. They can help you branch out into other fields and show your potential at doing more than just straight up programming.

I'd recommend doing some research. Ask friends, read career websites, see a career counsellor, go to career fairs. Is there something you'd be particularly interested in doing? Maybe something you already know a bit about but would like to get better at? For example, let's say you have some experience with repairing computers and that's something that interests you, would you be interested in pursuing a career in that? If so, do research specific to that as well. Try to get an idea of what it's like to work in that field and find helpful resources, whether that's freelancing websites or events in your area.

Build up skills you may want to use, whether those are skills you already have to an extent or things you've always wanted to learn. You can try to take workshops and courses in that, sign up for independent classes, and even teach yourself on the side.

Network a lot, too, sometimes asking your friends if they know of any opportunities or anything can make a lot of difference. If there are jobs you can take that aren't about programming then you can try those. If you prefer you can take a programming job to support yourself while you try to move to another field, or take a job related to programming that gives you the opportunity to branch out.

I hope this helps.

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