Do you ever regret becoming an engineer or programmer?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 10, 2020 05:27 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 10, 2020 05:27 AM

Yes, every single day.
I am a software engineer with an experience of around 8 years(On paper). I regret not standing up to my parents at the age of 17 and telling them I don’t have any interest in Computer Science or coding (Big shocker !!! Since everybody in the world now a days want to code!) and I want to become a Physics major.

Every single day, when I have to wake up, get ready and go to work and write more code. I dread it every single day. I have the worst mornings. I get the Monday blues on Saturday morning thinking that I have to go to work on Monday and face everyone in the “SCRUM”.

I regret it so much that I did not develop any other skills, if I ever wanted to switch my careers and now I don’t have enough self confidence.

I regret it when I have to go for Bay area Software Engineering interviews when the interviewer asks me questions about algorithms. I want to scream at their face and run away in the other direction – faster than the speed of light.

I regret the low self esteem I have because I am not a good programmer and see kids fresh out of college or the guys sitting to my desk coding away, writing whole applications in days when it would take me months.

The perils of choosing the wrong career, go farther than getting paid less or being mediocre. It can ruin your self esteem, self confidence, concentration powers, etc.

EDIT: Don’t get me wrong. I like to code, program and read about software architecture, or software design principles from time to time. But when the pressure is too high to constantly perform at work, keep up with emerging technologies, and be current with the software methodologies and also get rejected in technical interviews for no good reason, sets me back and that’s when I really regret being a software engineer.

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