Being formally educated and trained as engineer (well, software engineer is still an engineer, isn’t it?) doesn’t sound as awesome as it does. Career in this field doesn’t always require you to have degree in computer science or related major to enter the IT-related workforce. Nowadays, even those who come from social science can do pretty much everything. This makes me wondering whether I am still useful or not, or even worse, worth enough to be kept as an employee in some companies.
Basically, everything can be found online. Web development? You’ve got it. Mobile application? There are plenty tutorials out there. Game development? Pretty sure those who come from visual or graphic design school can make better and more interesting games than those software engineer. Can’t blame ya, those people’s visual works are dope. i.e. one of my former classmate, who has amazing natural drawing skill, has graduated from economic school and now is working as frontend developer for a seemed-to-be start-up company in town.
So, does a degree in IT seem nothing much now?
Honestly, I don’t find myself as someone passionate. While friends of mine are writing in tech articles, or working in unicorn start-up company, I still find myself reading Japanese history from Edo to Showa era while trying my best to focus on the book rather thinking about some unsolved problems written in some codes written by work colleagues who rarely pay attention to specification. Instead of presenting a tech talk in some extravagant stages in some prestigious country, I sit quietly in the corner of the room, any room, just to read some articles from Russia Beyond on my phone and pondering upon some food recipes and pronouncing difficult Russian words I don’t know.
This writing begs for a question, a sharp one to be exact. If it is I who doesn’t have talent, vision, passion, or even dream in IT world, then why bother writing this passage? Well, I, for one, love to write just about anything. So, why not ranting here?