Coding career can be started at anytime during our career

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9 months ago

Sometimes I feel that I want to quit coding and start enjoying life. I can do that only if I have enough money to do it. Without financial independence, I will not be able to do something like that. This is when I get motivation from people who are pretty old but very active in coding. I have some mentors like that who give me some boost now and then. They are decently old enough to explore and stay up to date with technologies. They still do it without any hesitation or any intention to stop staying up to date.

So coming back to the topic, I can take myself as an example. During my college days, I did not grasp any programming concepts. I did understand or focus a little but did not study well. I used to walk out of my exam halls if I know I would pass the exam. I would get a book for myself or share a book with someone only on the date of the exam or maybe a day before the exam. Otherwise, I never focused on learning to code those days.


I did my final year project on C# .net and I also liked it to some extent. I don't know how but I also did some teaching at a nearby computer institute after my college. So I joined my office and the nature of work was more into working on a framework or an already available product. I did not have any need to write any code as such. I did get some interest to write some advanced SQL queries and SQL views. But it was not really sufficient. I was thinking I would take the leadership route or management route and go ahead with my career. But I couldn't stop myself from learning.

That is when I jumped into coding hardcore. I was a little late but my experience working on a product definitely helped and I was also able to grasp customer perspectives and was keen on building products that are customer friendly. Only then I started to build applications for actual clients. I'm also very glad that I have built applications for real customers who are still using the product. It is for multi-national customers and the legislations were different for each one of them. I had to understand and digest the requirements and then build the product for them.

So the final note is, anyone can start their coding career at any time. It is not like you would have lost so many years already or you are starting late or you are old already. If you have the coding flair, then you would enjoy coding and you can pick up the concepts really soon. I know someone who started their coding career at the age of 58 as a retirement hobby. He is freelancing and I think he is running his own company.

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9 months ago