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My name is Ik Song, Student, University of California, Los Angeles

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  • Frustrated with my career. Not sure what to do. Thinking about leaving development world all together. What are my options?

    Hi guys, sorry if I sound a bit pessimistic and upset in this post. Probably because I am. I have been a web developer for almost two years now and I don’t see myself going anywhere. My company is fine, but I feel like I have hit the ceiling on my professional coding development. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to become better and I don’t see myself being promoted into a managerial role anytime soon. At 24 years old, I feel like I have hit my ceiling which is a terrible feeling. I think a lot of my coworkers have an innate ability to code. They are good at it and they are so passionate that it annoys me because I am not. I like coding, but it is not my life and since it is all my coworkers do, I cannot compete with them. Am I alone here or are there others who feel like this? I don’t enjoy my job anymore and I look at other positions like business development roles and I think I would enjoy it more. I think I’m more business savvy anyways. But if I switch, my salary would definitely take a dive. What do you think I should do? Should I just stick it out as a developer for another 20 years and have an ok time with it or quit and do something entirely different. I was an economics major so I do have some background in nontechnical fields. Thank you all.

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    This is definitely an eye-opening post. Possibly the first post I've read saying that coding is not their passion, most likely because I've been only reading about people who love coding. Very curious as to what others will comment on this!