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Feli (she/her)
Feli (she/her)

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What profession would you change to?

It's one of those days...

My motivation is low and I'm thinking of changing my profession. I tent to make that joke: "this internet thingy will not succeed and than I'll become a carpenter".

But realistically I would become a Technical Recruting Consultant. The reason is simple. I gained a lot of knowledge in that area. Also I believe I can do something good with it. Fighting for diversity & inclusion. Instead of being a rolemodel. Advise companies on: how best to hire a hetrogenic mass of developers. And ensure that more equal opportunities are being created.

Do you know those days? What profession would you change to and why?

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Owlcowl (he/him)

I think I'd move completely away from the computer. Doing / creating something with my hands; carpenter does not sound too bad or a metal worker.
That said I'd guess once I've done that I'd start programming as a hobby because it still fascinates me. Developing software is always the best logic puzzle for me.

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Matt Ellen

I started programming as a kid, so I never felt a pull in any other direction. Whenever I think about giving up my job, I just think about doing my own programming thing.

If I try really hard and imagine a universe where I didn't pick up the Amstrad CPC BASIC programming book, I think maybe I'd be an actor. I always enjoyed being on stage when I was younger. These days the idea scares me!

If it happened today that I couldn't be a professional programmer anymore, I think I'd like to learn how to teach programming. Or if I couldn't come within 20 metres of a compiler then maybe I'd try writing fiction, since I do that as a hobby anyway. Or maybe I'd be inspired to try to retrain into a different career altogether, like car mechanic or something useful like that.

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darrindivens • Edited

Now I'm a freight forwarder. In my company, I have three colleagues doing the same thing. I'm considering the option of retraining for another profession to combine my forwarding practice at the same time. To help my company, I can go to accounting courses to learn how to conduct financial transactions. I can also become a freight broker, which will greatly facilitate my work. The average salary is $46,770 per year so this option will suit me. Also, nothing prevents me from going to both of these professions. However, I'd rather choose to be a broker because it's a little closer for me. After all, my experience in forwarding matters is over 10 years, so that brokerage will be an easy way for me.