Tech is too hard. I quit
It was painful reading this message on the timeline.
But sadly, this is the story of thousands of people getting into tech in 2023.
❌ Job market is saturated
❌ Scam courses everywhere
❌ Hard time for newbies in tech
Before starting a career, the best thing you can do for yourself is making a long term plan and set realistic expectations.
Many people advertise tech saying you can land a remote job in 6months to 2 years.
Here's my career progression, and all the salaries I had in my 8 years in tech.
Year 0 - 2 (Learning: $0)
Year one Professional: $0 (Worked for free)
Year two: $1k
Year three: $1k
Year four: $10k
Year 5: $70k
Year 8: $140k
If I had given up in the first 3 - 4 years of joining a tech career, I would not be where I am today.
These first few years were painful and hard.
But, now I have:
- A skill that can pay me every month for the rest of my life
- Experience to get even higher pay as time goes on
- Flexibility to grow into any other career paths I choose.
- Work from anywhere in the world (Dubai, Bali, Cape Town, Lagos)
Here's the takeaway from this newsletter:
Have really realistic expectations.
A career in tech is not fast. It's a slow burn. It takes time, sacrifice, and a long term mindset to rip the benefits.
Prepare to be the best
Tech is competitive. Only those that strive for perfection and being the best will stand out. No more half ass coding.
No more passive designing. You need a hunger to be world class in order to survive the industry.
Have a strictly set career plan
Create a career plan set in reality. In year 2 of your career, your plan shouldn't be to chase remote jobs. You should be focused on building evidence and experience to prepare yourself for future success.
Know what to focus on at the right time, so you don't get confused or disappointed.
So I have just one question for you:
Are you willing to pay the price for the next 3 years to build a long term successful career you can count on for the next 30+ years?