J. C.

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Hi, I'm Joshua – somewhat torn between two paths

Hello! I'm Joshua from the Philippines and I'm very happy to join this community. I had been wanting to get into programming/software development for a long time but didn't get a chance to pursue it seriously until March last year, right around when Covid hit.

Previously I was in Singapore and New York for several years studying and working in music, but I found myself increasingly unhappy, and US immigration rules were very strict about what I could and couldn't do. So at 31 I returned to my home country, which coincided with the pandemic.

I spent around 10 months learning everything I could until I managed to get my current (remote) job at a Singaporean venture studio. I applied for an Android position but our CEO was very interested in my weird background and took me on to explore some venture ideas together where my artistic background might be useful.

So in the last few months I've gotten a crash course in entrepreneurship, doing product validation, finding early users, running experiments, etc., and am currently running my own project. It's been so interesting and I've learned a lot in such a short time, but I haven't written a line of code and it's made me very restless!

I've been reflecting a lot on what I really want out of this career change and I think the chance to start a business or own a product of my own is exciting down the road, but right now I think I'm more interested in growing as a developer. I have the curse of being interested in doing many different things, but I still want to focus on one or two things that I can become very good at -- I'm pretty sure programming is one of them. 

I've also never really had a "real" job before and am very curious about one day joining a more established tech company. I'd love to go back to America too.

Anyway, I joined this community to maybe help me think through some of these things and navigate the next stage of my career. Loving the book so far and look forward to reading and rereading the rest.

EDIT: Forgot to add, yes, I have a personal site where I'm trying to write regularly: cerdenia.com
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