I am a programmer and I want to stop programming, what should I do?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Luka Craig



I am a programmer and I want to stop programming, what should I do?

Talk to your boss. Programmers need people to pack them. They are like a lot of cats. They need a dog to chase them.

That? Yes, think about how this could apply to you. Change the context a bit to make it clear.

Since you have the technical skills, it would add value to those trying to do the above. The biggest problem is the gap between those who have their heads in the code and those whose perspective is that: looking outside. It's a huge gap. Not many people can fill it.

Silly Valley, for example, is full of those whose world is code and all the infinite permutations that exist.

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Talk to your boss. Programmers need people to pack them. They are like a lot of cats. They need a dog to chase them.

That? Yes, think about how this could apply to you. Change the context a bit to make it clear.

Since you have the technical skills, it would add value to those trying to do the above. The biggest problem is the gap between those who have their heads in the code and those whose perspective is that: looking outside. It's a huge gap. Not many people can fill it.

Silly Valley, for example, is full of those whose world is code and all the infinite permutations that are possible. We, on the other hand, suffer from it. Ah, let me make a litany. … I do not think so.

If your boss isn't willing to let you do some work for him, go ahead. The reality now is change. And be aware of the change. And there is nothing holding back a person that cannot, for the most part, be outdone.

Do you know why we program? Where does all this come from? Ask some of your peers. Find out who has depth beyond those little drips in the tube (sorry I'm old). Do they just know a little syntax and a little semantics with which they then throw things out that an unsuspecting audience needs to try to absorb and deal with? Aaaargh!

By the way, if you know more than one language, make sure you can switch between them during the days. It's like giving a muscle group a little rest. Yes, the psyche has a similar structure; overdoing a part is unhealthy.

Actually, if you understand that, you will get some clues on how to improve towards joy.

You may want to explore different programming positions with another company. It may be your work environment that makes you miserable, not programming specifically. In which case, a change of scenery might help. You might also consider working on personal projects on your own time - projects where you care about the topic, which may (or may not) turn into a viable business opportunity on their own.

On the other hand, programming itself may not be for you. My wife was going to be an engineer, until she realized that sitting in an office in front of a computer all day made her

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You may want to explore different programming positions with another company. It may be your work environment that makes you miserable, not programming specifically. In which case, a change of scenery might help. You might also consider working on personal projects on your own time - projects where you care about the topic, which may (or may not) turn into a viable business opportunity on their own.

On the other hand, programming itself may not be for you. My wife was going to be an engineer, until she realized that sitting in an office in front of a computer all day made her miserable. Instead, she moved on to social work, where she could be more active and interactive with people. So figuring out precisely what it is you don't like about programming can help you find a career that best suits your needs. Then you can take steps to transition (for example, educate yourself in a new field, look for work in the field, etc.). You may also need to assess your overall living situation, to align it with a potentially lower salary, as well as ensure that you take care of exercise, health, entertainment, etc.


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