One of the brightest software engineers I have met in my career graduated Cosmetology School...he is a guy. When I met him on the job, his superior had a hard time taking him seriously knowing that. 3 years later that guy is making a lot more $$ than the jokester superior he had in his past job.
I went from framing houses straight into software engineering. A lot of people who interview me for jobs find that path very interesting. I think there is a stigma that a construction worker is a rough and tough guy, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to engineer things, including software. I don't have any formal college degree, and I make more than most of the peers that graduated High School with me. I am a highly driven and motivated person.
My eldest sibling loves finance. She loves talking about the loans she approves and how much people are worth. I like being involved with creating software.
Different strokes for different folks. BTW, I don't regret getting out of construction one minute. I miss the outdoor work, but that's what trips to the Caribbean are for lol.
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