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Tina Huynh
Tina Huynh

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If you weren't a software developer, then what?

What is your "what if" plan? What is your "back-up" career? your "lifeline" if software engineering somehow wasn't an option anymore for you?

Maybe one day, you decided you didn't want this lifestyle anymore? That you wanted something different...that you no longer loved creating online as much as you used to, etc. Then what?

Happy coding!

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Eljay-Adobe

I believe the traditional progression goes: 1) software developer, 2) burn out, 3) woodworking.

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Tina Huynh Author

Oooo woodworking?

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Eljay-Adobe

That seems to be the trend with all my retired coworkers. Except for the one who went into blacksmithing.

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Geneviève Masioni

You’re hilarious! Thanks for the laugh. 😂

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Casper

I would become a teacher in, ideally, math and programming. Teaching is something I've loved even since before I found my love for programming, but programming eventually became my career choice. But if I were to ever get tired of the world of software development I have already planned to become a teacher, preferably for high school students. Maybe middle school, but definitely not younger than that.

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Tina Huynh Author

I love teaching! I've done some sort of teaching since middle school!

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twirp

I'd become a Photographer. For consistent income, I'd also be a Barista.

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Tina Huynh Author

self-made photographer or trained?

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twirp

A bit of both. I've done coursework and second shooting.

Most of what I've done is classic or copying someone's style. I'm hoping to establish my own style.

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Imam Ali Mustofa • Edited on

life in the jungle 🌲🌳🌲🌴🪵🌱🌿🪨🍃🎋 alone with nothing!

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Tina Huynh Author

The true digital nomad life? :o

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Koas

I’d be a full time dreamer.

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Tina Huynh Author

what does being a dreamer mean to you?

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Peter Repukat

Probably Photographer/Digital Artist.
Or I'll just open up a Bar

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Tina Huynh Author

I love the entrepreneur mindset!

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Jeremy Friesen

I think I'd give a go at profession TTRPG GM-ing; that or just writing. Or helping with my partner's business.

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Tina Huynh Author

what does TTRPG GM stand for?

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Jeremy Friesen

TTRPG - Table top role-playing game
GM - Game Master (eg game facilitator)

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Tina Huynh Author

Ahhh learning something new everyday!

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Ángel Guerrero

No plan, there was not option.

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Tina Huynh Author

No backdoor? LOVE IT

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mcanam

I have a side project as a graphic designer, maybe I'll make it a single branch 😂

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Kaiz Khatri

I'll open 🍕 shop.

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Tina Huynh Author

Love the entrepreneur mindset :D

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Chun Fei Lung

I'd be a train driver who makes stupid announcements with jingles and fun facts at every station.

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Jesus Guerrero

I wanted to be a professional baseball player but if I no longer like programming I would like to be teacher for an university.

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Danish Saleem

Probably, a YouTuber spending all my time streaming😁

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Dimitar Stoev

I would love to be part of a creative studio that produces animations.

3D modeling and bringing 3D worlds alive seems an exciting opportunity!

That is probably the career I would most probably choose.

What is your second option? What would you do?

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Nathan Hedglin

I was a professional gambler and real-estate investor while my software career was first taking off. I almost left software as I was focusing on other ventures.

Now, my IT consulting business, NatesCode LLC, is taking off so that'll be my next adventure.

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Rense Bakker

If I can't be a software developer any longer, I'm just going to enjoy my software developer moneys for a few years and hopefully I will have come up with something else I want to do, by the time the moneys run out 😜

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jmau111

Dunno, I'd probably sell roast chicken.

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Andrew Baisden

Maybe a designer, animator, writer, content creator or artist.

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Vic

I'm not a software dev, but probably I'm going to so if I need to choose another it would be translation and interpretation

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𒊩Wii 💖💛💚💙💜💝💟

looking at all the things I'm good at, I think it's safe to say if programming wasn't a thing, I'd be living under a bridge -_-

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David Yao

Nice to bring out a hot topic! I will be running a cafe with friends and probably later on open a bar as we love talking over drinks. 😃