I’m trying to make a really difficult decision in my life and I’m hoping I can get some good advice.
I’m a lawyer and I hate it. In the movie “Murder on the Orient Express” one man says, “I’m a lawyer by education but not by disposition.” That’s basically me.
I’ve been doing some beginning programming stuff and I love what I read here on Haiku (although I don’t understand much of it).
I’m thinking of quitting my job and going back to school to get a CS degree. I have a family with 4 kids, so it would probably mean selling the house to pay for the program (or massive student loans, or both).
I was looking at the degree requirements in universities near me and it just seems so daunting. I wouldn’t have to do general ed classes because I’ve already got a bachelor’s, but it still seems like SO MUCH. Like more than 80 credit hours, including linear algebra, physics, calculus 3 along with the CS courses, which are about 20. The community college has an “associates of computer science” with about 40 credit hours but I’m skeptical. Can I get a good job with an associates in CS?
I’m facing staying in a job I dislike for the rest of my life, or uproot the family, take on a lot of student loans and risk not getting a great job at the end of it, especially if I don’t take all of the classes to get a bachelor’s degree. I would love to work on operating systems.