Can I successfully move from operations to development?
I’m a terrible writer, and this will probably sound like a rant more than anything else. So if you’re reading this, I’m sorry for wasting 5minutes of your time.
Story time; I think a large part of life is trying to figure out what you want to do for the foreseeable future; I.E career, life goals, pursuing a passion. Unfortunately for me, and possibly a lot of other people, you run into stumble blocks. Which turns into regrets and contemplations of whether your life is heading towards a cliff. I’ve been feeling like my life trajectory hasn’t been on the right path as soon as I stepped out of college. Getting a degree in information systems wasn’t as cracked out as I thought it would be.
Traditional SysAdmins jobs are losing a lot of steam as automation and developers take over roles that traditional SysAdmins once thrived in. SysAdmins on forums/threads would vehemently defend their roles in tech companies when the questions on whether or not traditional SysAdmins are dying by coping with their inevitable doomed career path, comments like “You need to be a generalist”, “You should get x y z certification to be competitive”.
The truth is the real winners of this transitional period for this field are going to be people that can successfully navigate two different worlds, operations and development. Which is why I joined a coding bootcamp to refresh on some materials that was taught to me in college but wasn’t fully utilized while I was working in this field. The end goal is to successfully get a position as a developer. I’m aiming for backend work but completely fine with working as a frontend developer. Current goals right now is to pump out as many projects as possible while working on leetcode problems and reviewing algos and data structures.