A few months ago I posted on this forum to gather some ideas on what I should be doing as an employee (link).
However, I quit that job because, due to various reasons, It was not going to work out in the long-run. So now I have to figure out what to do next and I would like to receive some feedback from people in this forum.
I am 25 years old, I have a bachelors degree in Economics and a Post-graduate (not a Masters) degree in Finance. I could do a Master thesis but to be honest I have no motivation to make a project of that scale (and in that area) on my own. The more I studied finance the more I understood I should have gone for Mathematical Finance and not "business" Finance.
So far I have had 3 different jobs, one in IT consultancy (3 years) , and 2 in Finance (less than 1 year total). I am currently unemployed and to be honest I feel like studying/learning something different. So currently I am looking at 2 different paths: either go back to university for 2+ years to study Computer Engineering (I think the correct english name is Computer Science), or go to a more "hands-on" and intensive (few months) programming course.
A few reasons why I want to change career course:
- I have tried programming in the past (as a hobby and professionally) and liked it
- There are a lot of jobs in IT and programming
- I want to work in an area where I am not just making money but preparing for the future. I feel like IT is excellent for this because, in most cases, no matter where you work, you are learning skills that can be used in other jobs and situations (more on this in the next points)
- In the future I have plans of working on my own or as a freelancer and also do some technical volunteering work when I am "retired". IT is a good area to do these things
- I think the financial sector is of great importance to society but the things I find more interesting about the field are of dubious utility. So in the long-run I don't think I would a strong motivation to work in the industry