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bigato
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If you don't hate your current job too much, keep at it since it gives you plenty of free time to take hobbies which can include coding for some free software or even starting your own project, for profit or not! Those will count as experience as well, so you don't loose the momentum you gained from the boot camp. Keep in contact with people, ask what they are doing, invite them out for a coffee every now and then, and if you later decide you want to jump on that train, it will be available to you.

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What job market (aka city) are you in? I used to teach bootcamps and can try to hook you up with some consulting firms. If you're US based you should be getting 30/hr min

Scott 2
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Could you automate part of your current job with the skills you learned? Maybe make life easier and reach a point where you are no longer junior?

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@Ponderosa
I've been working in IT for hmmm. a long time.
What some employers like to see is a project or two you've made yourself. You could make a little demo thing and put it onto
GitHub or BitBucket.
Employers are always looking for Junior Developers/Programmers so they want people who have an interest and are intelligent but they
don't expect you to know everything. In fact, it is good to get people in early to train them the 'right way' to do things.
e.g. using standard design patterns, putting comments/logging, creating unit and integration tests etc.
Don't sweat it, the first job is the most difficult to get, after that, agencies essentially pester you to look at other jobs.

Yes, technologies change but if you pick the correct main language to use, they just slowly evolve with new features.
For example, I started using Java in 1997 and I was using it today. Many of the surrounding technologies are far more recent.
The other staple technology is relational databases/SQL. They are as old as dirt and will still be around in ten years because they are so
flexible.
Another good thing that employers like is certification exams. e.g. Oracle Certified Java Associate/Programmer/Developer etc.
Or Certified Oracle 11G Administrator kind of thing. You can get the books for those courses cheaply and download practice exams to see
the style of questions.
Keep plugging away.

cimorene12
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Ponderosa wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:24 pm
I wanted to make this change because awhile ago my job was pretty unsatisfying. It still is pretty boring, but I work completely remote and can get my job done in 15-20 hours a week. The main downside is that I feel a bit lonely and restless often. A big pro is I am managing pretty serious mental illness and on bad days it doesn't affect my work, since I can be at home with my dog. If it matters, I make close to 6 figures and is an extremely stable job. If I got a new job, there is a high likelihood I'd need another car further increasing expenses..
If you feel lonely and restless, you can address that in other ways than switching careers. I've worked from home for a few years now and need more human interaction than I initially thought.

I'd still keep using their job hunting resources, but taking a 20k-30k pay cut to enter an industry you don't actually want to be in sounds awful. Point out to the people that your current salary is X and that you're a remote employee.

cimorene12
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Break up that time, especially if you can get your work done in 15-20 hours a week. I'm a bigger spender in a lot of ways, so I've rented coworking space just to be around other human beings. You don't have to go in every day. You can get a pass for a certain number of days in some places.

I work out a lot. You're already going to the gym for classes, so it wouldn't even be a big change in habits for you to spend even more time there. I have a FitBit to track things.

I live near a good variety of parks, and it's very normal for me to take a morning walk on the beach (which is a public park). I'll also take my laptop to work in some of the local cafes or the library. It can cost money to be around other humans, but I think that the payoff is worth the cost.

cimorene12
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I think it is valuable to get interview experience even if the salary range is lower than your current salary. It's good to peek over the fence once in a while. You don't seem like you'd take a 50k job when you already make nearly 6 figures, but it's not going to hurt to interview.

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