Breaking out of the grind
Yo guys, just wondering who here has broken out of the grind? By that I mean, you dropped out of school to pursue something, you left your 9-5 to start up your own company etc? Or did anyone just straight up leave school and not follow the seemingly laid out path of college, uni, 9-5 job, wife, kids, retire, die.
I full on hate my degree and to be honest, it isn't a degree you will pass if you don't have your heart in it...said subject is Theoretical Physics at a good (and so snobby) university. Thing is I started learning code a few months back and don't know much at the moment but want to pursue it as I see more viable job opportunities from it. I'm stuck with a choice of dropping out and self studying code then going on the hunt for freelance or a job, orrrrr trying to transfer courses which isn't looking possible without starting over as a first year, orrrr trying to tough it out.
Fact is im not a quitter by a long shot and it's not as simple as "just knuckle down", my tutors have said unless you put your life on hold and give it 110% for 3 years, you won't do well. The problem is I have a job, girlfriend, family, and friends who are all in work, none of the study, and therefore putting my life on hold, possibly losing some of that and making myself miserable isn't possible, or just flat out isn't worth it.
Thing is im only 22 but something is holding me back from getting out of this seemingly laid out path we all get given by the government.
Just wondering if anyone has done it? Did you struggle with your journey? Was it the right choice? I know each case will be different but I need to make a decision real soon.
What's the job market for theoretical physics? It seems like it's just a niche and there's not a lot of money in it. Yes programming is definitely the wave of the future
Yes theoretical physics has a reputation for producing very smart people with poor career prospects ("genius janitors"), a popular option is to transfer into finance but if you hate physics then you probably wouldn't enjoy that. Coding is infinitely employable and you don't need to learn all the math. Now a CS degree is helpful but not strictly necessary for programming, if I wuz you I would plough on with your degree for the moment but see if you can get a couple of coding projects going on the side.
See thats the problem, if I plough on with my degree, I physically do not have time to do anything besides get to the gym a couple times a week, see my girlfriend for a night or two, and the rest is studying. I could switch degree to CS to be honest and it would only take an extra year as I cant start till September now, but it would give me 9 months to earn money, learn a language, etc... I guess its just so ingrained in me and everyone else that if you drop out of uni/change course then you've somehow failed. I'm not saying I just bow to social norms but I guess I'm partly scared of taking the "Millionaire Fastlane" approach to life of trying NOT to just follow education to a degree then get a 9-5 job and squirrel away money every year until your 50 and rich enough to buy a nice car.
And yeah the job market would be a lot of sectors due to the fact its a respected degree and the skills gained from it are useful, but thats my point, I'm having to take the long and incredibly difficult route to get to where I could probably get by learning programming (not that I'm saying Programming is easy, by a long shot)
Out of curiosity, does anyone on here code? And if so what language?
Ha! A lot of us code on here, buhbs ;) Just because my site looks like dog food doesn't mean I don't know how to code a website. I used to make several hundred a day in online/affiliate marketing. I designed my own sites in html and css. Even designed a few from scratch. My first app I had designed launched this forum and created a community off being able to scrape text convos from our phones and upload them here to the forum, lol. Give me five different jobs you could have with this theoretical physics degree?? I don't see it. I've never even heard of this shizz
If you're referring to programming languages I only have a cursory grasp of php and a tiny bit of js. But yes there are quite a few programmers on here. If nothing else, getting a degree in cs or web development gives you the abilities to supervise online projects.. and THAT is where the money is right now ;) ;) ;)