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Anurag Vishwakarma
Anurag Vishwakarma

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Lost Interest in Coding

Hi, Guys currently I am pursuing my b.tech in CSE(last year). In starting of my first year I have so many ideas and an interest in coding but now I don't like coding. I don't know what should I do. Now, I started figuring out NO CODE TOOLS & PLATFORMS like Webflow & WordPress. I left learning coding after 2-3 months. Now Placement in college has started. Some of my friends got 7LPA Package. I don't know and I am confused. Have financial issues too, my dad not living with us and the source of income is my mom's work in a garment factory. I have also applied for an education loan for my 3rd/4th Year. Every night I sleep with a lot of overthinking & thoughts, depression, and anxiety in my mind.** Please help me to find a path.**

Update: I like & have interest in cloud, but i don't like to code.

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Wade Zimmerman • Edited on

Sounds like you got a lot going on. Not sure what all of it means, but I remember how stressful college was for me. Also, I feel the same way when I get burnt out, or overloaded with information.

IMO you should try to talk to a professor or your guidance counselor or someone who can help you understand your career path. In person!

Also, everyone has a different set of skills especially in coding. So do yourself a favor and don’t compare yourself to your peers.

Schools are notorious for taking advantage of ignorance. So you have to literally walk around your campus to get your questions answered. FYI people literally make a salary working at schools to help people in your situation. If you can’t find those people you aren’t looking hard enough or they are being lazy.

Hopefully this helps! Feel free to HMU on social media.

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Anurag Vishwakarma Author

Thanks for your suggestion.

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BigSpaces

Hello Anurag,

We do not know each other, and I am not one to advise, because the specifics of your situation are important, and the devil is in the details. But since you asked, this is what comes to heart:

I would suggest to break down your challenges into smaller pieces that you can solve.

What is more important now, the financial concerns, or choosing the right training path? Can you advance on your training with the financial concerns pressing? Is there a way you can find a job and part-time your education? Could that job potentially be a source of learning as well as training? Think creatively.

For example, if you are in financial trouble, asking for a loan is only going to put you in more financial stress, which in turn is going to populate into anything you do, adding pressure and stress into any activity, no matter how much you like it.

If the problem to solve is how to relieve financial stress, then list 20 ways you could go about solving that, which doesn't create more financial stress. Then list another 20. Then ask others for their ideas. Pick the best. Go for it. Solve it. Move to the next thing.

Then, regarding your interests... any professional activity goes through periods of "high interest" and then plateous of boredom. Those are part of the territory in any path, be it sports, coding, literature, relationships... expect the plateau. Work with it. Develop patience. That is the path of Mastery. You will find that certain aspects of your interests are consistent and overlap. Hone on those. Find a way to make them profitable.

Do not confuse the excitement of "newness" with true interest. Everything new is shiney and cool at the beginning. Now, do you see yourself sustaining that interest in the long run? There is only one way to know: develop mini-projects in several areas of your interests, and pressure-test your assumptions. Draft, draft, draft. Then have informed conclusions based on what you have actually done, not just imagined in your head.

The advantage of mini-projects and drafts is that they are easy to combine with a main project or activity. So you get the benefit of both: an activity that is solving your main problem at the moment, with mini-activities that keep informing you and training you about your more sincere insterests in the long run. Make it all build. Make it all count.

If you like Webflow and Wordpress, offer cheap web development to local businesses as part of your training. Money comes in, and training goes up, as well as networking and reputation.

For example: you now have interest in NoCodeTools. Great. Pick a small project, and develop it to completion. Add it to your portfolio, which is already a win. Learn. Once done, ask yourself honestly what aspects of it fit your strengths, what you see yourself learning more of, what drained you or is simply not your fit. Be cold and brutally honest in your analysis. Tweak. Repeat. Nothing but growth and clarity can come as a result.

Again, without knowing your specifics, I'd say act as a cold problem solver. Try your best to manage your feelings of overwhelm and depression through good social connections, sports, and other activities that act as a buffer and a release valve. If you are spiritual at all this is the time for prayer, faith, and asking for guidance.

Then take who you are, what you have, what you are good at, and start building upon rock:

  • What projects or jobs can you take that will bring an income in the shortest amount of time and do not require you to ask for a loan? Which of those projects can help you build reputation, portfolio, and skills? You may have to sacrifice interest in the short term, or even put some training in pause, or take it at a different pace, in favor of practicality and clearing up immediate concerns, but if you build a strong foundation, that will allow you to pivot and shift towards things that interest you more in the long run, with a stronger position, stronger character, and without the stress.

It is tough to be without a dad supporting you, and that only means that you need to step up, man up, and grow at a speed that you didn't consider you would have to, initially. Your training / learning path may be a bit different than expected. That sucks, but can be done. Be cold in your analysis. Do not let the feelings of depression paint a darker picture than it really is, or you will not see the opportunities that do exist right in front of you. Do not let your interests paint a brighter future than the present really is, or you may delude yourself about your current situation. Feet on the ground, my friend.

It is all about priority setting, knowing what is most important, and focusing on that like a missile. The long term is always available, but you can absolutely find what is the most important thing NOW, and focus on that NOW 100%, without forgetting your final goals. Your confidence and clarity will grow with each good decision made and each victory won. That, in turn, will inform you better about your career direction.

Focus on needs, not on wants. That will create the framework for better things. When you have what you need, what you want gets closer and easier to reach, because you stand on firm ground.

Surround yourself with strong people, people who believe in your capacity to sort this out, people who want you to win and celebrate your wins. Seek older, more mature men, people with scars and battles behind them who have overcome difficulties. Listen to them. Spend time with them. You will drink from the spirit of victory. Everyone has faced challenges in the past. Be with those who have overcome them and let them love you and mentor you.

Do what you must, and then move towards what you like, one victory at a time.

Best of success, Anurag.

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Anurag Vishwakarma Author • Edited on

Thanks for giving your important time. I'll make sure to consider these things that you've said. Thanks again.

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BigSpaces

Best of success, Anurag!

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Blogger and Programmer

You know what I did when I lost interest in coding? I did some fun projects with programming, that really got me spiked up.

I personally also enjoy wordpress, however, it's way easier to understand wordpress with some basic PHP knowledge.

Don't stress over it, give it a rest, rethink it all again.

Wish you all the best!

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Anurag Vishwakarma Author

Thanks ❀️

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Blogger and Programmer

Welcome, hope it helps.

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Anders Persson • Edited on

The road in tech/development is not a straight path, not even for me who have been coding for more than 2 decades now.

I always have a notebook eg pen and paper, and draw/write pieces i learn, and regularly rewing them, save useful part.
I also quickly test new stuff, in small pieces and not always write big programs.
The more you will learn the better it gets, eg the stone on the road gets smaller over time.
I suggest is to write down why you chose this path, and where you will be in eg 10 years. It helps me.
Also when I have hard problems, taking breaks, only small as 5 minuts helps.

Me and a lot of college is starting the day with meditation, i feel it helps a lot, 10 min in the morning.

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Gavin

Fortunately we are all different and have different weaknesses and strengths.

Tech is a very broad category with many different career paths. Among these would be hardware / infrastructure, networking, desktops, servers, analysis, development, testing, project management. Each of us is going to have areas we enjoy more and areas we're stronger at. And that's a good thing. In time you'll find yours.

Personally I think that a strong foundation is key. It may well be that you change direction during your career - both as you develop and change, as well as the technology continuing to change.

Don't stress too much about 10 years from now. Focus on getting a solid foundation and expect that there will be alway be some aspect of your studies / job that you don't enjoy as much and others that you love and excel at.

The suggestion to find someone to talk with is an excellent one. Sometimes the clarity comes as we talk through things.

Best of luck

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Anurag Vishwakarma Author

Thanks Gavin

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Dennis Persson

Lots of people can relate to what you are writing to various extents. Talking to counselors and/or therapists would be the first step that shouldn't be skipped. Your lost of interest is most likely a symptom of depression, not a cause of it.

When it comes to coding I can't tell what is a suitable path for you. What I can tell is that there's a lot more to development than coding. There are plenty of roles you can work with writing none or little code.

Managers, product owners, testers, architects, business analysts, team leaders and UX designers are roles that most companies have a lot of. Learning about code and computer engineering is helpful in many of those roles, although not always essential.

With that in mind, I would want to encourage you to continuing your path, maybe take a slight diversion to find what is right for you. And if you fail to meet the goals you aim for that isn't a big bummer. That's merely a part of life and will do nothing but leading you to new opportunities.

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Anurag Vishwakarma Author

Thanks Dennis.

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Anurag Vishwakarma Author

I have interest in aws cloud.

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markoDragusic

Well if you are not into coding anymore, this may be way to go. Based on experiences of some sys admins I know, I suggest it.

Best of luck! And try your best to finish your college studies before you start working, later it gets much harder, trust me.

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