There's a lot of different paths you can go down besides just pure engineering. For example if you find sitting around coding all day to be terrible for you and miss talking to people there's always things like sales engineering and customer success. Being technically literate down to the code level makes you more marketable to so many other jobs and career paths.
I think one thing I worried about is "what if I hate this and just wasted a bunch more time?" Now that I'm further along in my career I've seen peers move into customer success, product development, design, sales, entrepreneurship, the list goes on. The time (and potentially money) spent learning this field will not go to waste that is for sure. It will open more doors than just a pathway into development.
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