In university I focused my studies on systems programming because that's what I found the most fun and challenging, but when I looked at the job market I had to pivot. Viable choices in my area are web, mobile, and medical. Medical dev is a special kind of Hell from everything I've heard (MUMPS, anyone?), so I experimented with Android dev and web dev in my senior year. Turns out Android app development is also one of the circles of Hell. So now I work in web dev and play with my TRS-80 CoCo III and μCs on weekends.
tl;dr What I wanted to do isn't a viable career path any more, so by process of elimination I landed in web dev.
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