I am quitting my Job as a Project Co-ordinator to pursue my passion as a developer. Am I doing the right thing?

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Hi, I have been Project Co-ordinator development team for the past 10 months and I have been mostly co-ordinating with the clients rather than actually managing my team (coz my company is like that). I've always wanted to be a Software developer and I think this is the right time for me to quit my job and develop my skills on programming.

P.S. I graduated(CSE) in 2016 and this is my first job. I think it not too late to make career switch.


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I've always wanted to be a Software developer

I'm sure you answered yourself here ;)


Jim Carrey said something a few years ago that really stuck with me, and I feel like it applies directly to this - he was speaking about his father who gave up on being a performer to take a "safe" job as an accountant, only to get unceremoniously laid off many years later.

"You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well do what you love"

Selling yourself short and taking the "safe" path, doesn't guarantee you anything. If you feel a change coming on. Embrace it, and enjoy the ride.

And a final thought: It's never to early, or too late for a change. Ever.


I will just say that it's never too late to switch career (or at least it should never be). I'm a junior developer (since only one year) and I'm 32. Before that I was a simple factory worker during almost 12 year, a job which was just to put food on the table, not a passion as you may guess...
So at 30, just after the birth of my third child, I just could not take it anymore, I took back my studies to become a developper.

Of course it wasn't a big risk because I was leaving for a job with a better pay, and with a lot of opportunities (at least here in France), but if I was successful at 30 with three kids under my care there is no reason for you to be to old for this... ;)


You really are an inspiration :)


It's not that hard (I don't say it's totally easy either). Of course it is for being an expert, but to be just good enough to work in a company (and making constant progress as you work) it's less impressive that it seems at first sight.

So honestly, I'm happy to be an inspiration but everybody can do it.


Are you in a coffin? No, right, so it isn't late. You aren't going to find the answer here, the answer is inside you. Take time and truly feel yourself. Ask yourself things like these: Do you feel miserable in your job? or do you feel that you are losing something, that life can bring you a lot more? do you feel that programming is that you want to achieve?

moreover, you can minimize the risk quitting your actual job when you get a real programming offer or taking a side job after your main job, or something like that.

I hope the best for you!


I would argue that it makes you a much better project coordinator to know how to build software. You're not risking much by learning these skills. You can always go back, but you may not want to!

Going back and forth from writing code / being an individual contributor and running projects is a great way to stay fresh, and building something with your mind / "hands" gives me great satisfaction. Good luck in your journey.


From what you have said it looks like being a project coordinator was more of a responsibility rather than doing what you chose and want to do. So go for it.

"Just do it! Make your dreams come true!!!" Shia La Beouf


I did something similar! Left my longtime work in fashion behind (thought this was my dream realm) to pursue my passion for UX! I think pursuing a passion is ALWAYS the move if you can afford it stability wise (financially, etc.)!


Just do it. You’re most likely the type of person who loves to solve problems and think logically, otherwise you wouldn’t be interested in software development. You’re probably not getting to do those things in your current occupation. Strike while the iron’s hot and teach yourself to code - the job market is in your favour and the job satisfaction (if you find the right company) is unreal. I left my cushy career in media to pursue my passion for mobile software development, and it was the best decision of my life! Good luck :)


I agree with the comments already stated, in that if you want to go development, do it. I'm in a similar boat right now as I've spent the last 7 years as a support specialist for a software company handling technical issues and focusing more on customer satisfaction. I graduated with a Comp Sci degree and have always had a love for development. I made the decision recently for a change in direction, and have started looking for development positions.

The one thing I will suggest is to not quit your current job until you have landed the dev job you want. It's one thing to want to do something different, but I would say it's smarter to start trying to make that change that while you still have income necessary to facilitate the job search.


I'm not sure what CSE is, but you graduate less than 2 years ago... the world is your oyster!

I can't speak to your specific situation and give you advice on if you should quit, you know your life better than us. I will say that it is easier to find a job when you already have a job.

Study on the side. Build side projects. Contribute to open source. These are good ways to build your resume and help you get to where you want to be.

Good luck!


I say go and do what ever makes you happy. If you want to become Software developer do that.
Just never give up on your dreams and never give in to your fears.
You can do it. I'm pretty sure that you gonna be great.


Developers are needed and well paid. So go for it.


If you do what you want, it was the right decision


If you're not, you can always go back. Good project managers, especially ones who have an understanding of technical complexity, are always needed. Good luck being a developer!


Even if you earn less money as a software developer, what really counts at the end of the day is your happiness...


Do it do it do it!

I made the switch at 27 and my age was an advantage. You learn plenty of valuable soft-skills having a career outside development and they will be highly sought after as well.


It’s definitely not too late to make a career switch. I switched at 37 yrs old and have now been a software developer for a year. Best decision ever! Good luck and enjoy :-)


Absolutely! Follow your dreams and made them came true!


I don't know where you live but in Spain your salary would be much lower. Most people have no choice but going to management, you're doing the opposite. Congrats!


If you love what you do, you'll never 'work' a day in your life.

If you're passionate about it, go for it!

Good luck!