I'm confused. How did you guys do it?

I’ll keep this brief as possible, I am currently in a position where I’m confused on which career path to take. 3 years ago I joined a coding bootcamp, I took Full-stack dev course. I failed and it was the most terrible year of my life. After that awful experience one thing that stays in me is coding, I like it. Although my coding skill is not that great, but I’m very proud of myself. So in those 3 years I tried get my hands on other stuff since the IT field is really reaaally huge. Around 2021 I set a goal to persue Data Analyst role looking back it was really naive of me and I want to slap myself, but from there I started to study data science. It was fun, I enjoyed the process immensely but by the end of that year… self doubts and uncertainties took a hold of me. “You’ve got no experience, you’re not good with numbers, why even bother persuing something that is beyond yourself?” so I said to myself, then I took a step back and here we are.

How did you decide on what career path to take? How did you get that job? I would like to hear your stories, I think I need a little inspiration. I’m still doing personal projects, just to keep my head busy while trying my best to stay positive everyday.

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Then why do you want to be a data analyst? Me, I hate pop music. That’s why when I was a musician I didn’t play in pop bands. If you are not good at math, why would you chose one of the most math intensive fields?

There are a lot of other fields in computers that don’t involve loads of math. You mentioned full-stack - web development traditionally doesn’t take a lot of complex math.

Hey thanks for responding! Originally, I was heavily motivated because I started out learning data science (recommended by a friend.), I find it very interesting so I wanted to get deeper and maybe just maybe I could start a career there. But after doing more reseach about the career and discussion with that said friend, slowly I started to realise “Yeah, this is not for me.” which is pretty late. :upside_down_face:

True. But I really don’t wanna go back to full-stack, or maybe I should.

slowly I started to realise “Yeah, this is not for me.”

That happens in life. But you probably learned a lot of cool things along the way.

True. But I really don’t wanna go back to full-stack, or maybe I should.

Then what do you want to do? I would say that to be a web dev nowadays you really need to be familiar with a full stack, even if you don’t have to do a full stack for your job.

But what do you want to do? You’re asking for directions but you haven’t yet chosen a destination.

I just started to study coding and I easily find myself in your message.
As you said the IT filed it is huge that’s means we can find a lot of job opportunities and the same time is really easily get stucked about which role we should choose.
I can’t read in your mind but I can tell what I am doing.
I decide to start not thinking about the role but about myself.
I like coding because I can create something from nothing but at the same time I am interested in user experience.
Exactly like you I am not good at math so like @kevinSmith suggest don’t force yourself in a job that you don’t like it.
For this reason I chose to study just front end!
You have a lot of material online and free so maybe you can start different courses at the same time in this way you can understand which one is better for you.
I hope this message will be helpful for you :slight_smile:

Yes! I learned a lot of cool things and I didn’t regret it at all. I’m glad that I learned data science it sort of sharpens my mind even more. I paid more attention to details because of it.

I guess that’s also the question, I’m a bit lost after that sudden realisation. I couldn’t figure out what to do or which career path to take. Originally I wanted to be a Data Analyst but now I’ve moved on from it since I realised I’m not cut out for it.

I’ve been pondering your question for a good while now, I guess I just need a little time to step back for a bit.

Thank you! You don’t know how happy I am knowing someone has the same experience as I do :’) reading the replies here I think… I sort of figure it out, still not clear but I know what I like. I think I just need to find the right role for it.

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The first important rule is never give up! Good luck! :slight_smile:

I knew from middle school that I would go into “computers” and it would only
take me from looking into Computer technology and Computer Science degrees on Wikipedia for me to go with Computer Science. So since middle school I had an idea that “computers were the future”, and that Computer Science would help build that future.

But deciding and executing that idea are totally different things. I didn’t really have a plan beyond that, I didn’t “try that hard” for that plan either.

Ultimately if I knew I couldn’t cut it out for computer science I’d get “close to it”, either in IT, or similar fields. I had multiple fallback plans, and had to take a few due to circumstances, such as not being able to move far away for college, nor could I get into the top tier schools I applied to.

My fallback plans went all the way down to if I got into no college, I’d end up joining the national guard and trying to get into some technical role that way. It would have been a number of degrees away from my optimal plan, but it still “pointed” in the direction I wanted to go.

I also failed, in college when failure costs $ and time. I failed a few classes that were hard, the first of which was Calculus. Not only was it the first class that really challenged me, but it was in a subject I always struggled with, which was math. Furthermore, it was one of the first “key” math classes that I knew were going to be trouble.

I kept thinking about how there are classes that will make or break you. Simply put there was no option for “breaking it”, I knew what I wanted to do, knew I needed to pass, and knew I’d take the class and fail it 5 times if I had to. So I went back into it, studied harder and passed. I didn’t get flying colors, but I did pass with a solid B.

That failure experience carried through to other classes and experiences. It made me realize failure is a lesson in itself. What you do after that experience is what matters.

Finding what your “goal” or “end-state” should be the main thing I’d focus on. It’s fine to “stay busy”, but then if you have some sort of time-limit staying busy might just be “wasting time keeping your mind from being idle” and not “staying busy working toward your goal”. This isn’t to say you should be focused on your goal 24/7, but you should be aware about how you’re doing and not just “doing something to do something”.


How did you do it?

I think the basic formula is you don’t just “do it”. You keep doing it.
When I started college I was given a sheet of all the classes/requirements/credits I’d need to take to get my degree. Not only that but I extended my goal by an extra year for a buffer, so from 4 I was going to go for 5.

That sheet was overwhelming, talking about things I had no idea about, with easily 50% of it math, which again I wasn’t great at. I had 0 clue how I was going to do it.

So I took it class by class, semester by semester and just kept going with it. By the end of my college career I got through all of it, and honestly couldn’t believe it. It felt like it was only a short while between getting that paper and graduation.

I just pointed myself in the direction I felt like I needed to go, and kept going.


I usually provide an analogy about how learning development/tech is similar to climbing a mountain. If you like hiking, then it’s less of a challenge and more of a journey. At the same time if you hate the idea of it, it becomes less of a challenge and more of torture. If you only are doing it to “get to the top” then its also more of challenge, or trial than a journey.

Its the mindset where each step you take is an experience on its own, rather than a step toward “an experience” you actually care about, can you shift your focus from the “I need to do this” to “I want to do this for the sake of wanting to do it”.

It’s that motivation, and perception is what can fuel you to get to your goal, and beyond. It’s the “doing it” part that you want to strive for, less so the “I’ve done it”.

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