Wrong. Towards the end of the 3 year course, I began to realize that perhaps programming wasn't really quite my thing. I ended outright hating the thought of programming of any kind. In fact, despite successfully getting the degree, I felt as if I barely learnt anything at all. I struggled to find a job after that, mainly because I tried really hard to avoid anything programming or IT related.
I finally confessed to my dad that I didn't like programming at all (still love games, tho), which led to a long lecture by him, telling me that I wouldn't know for sure whether I would truly enjoy programming/IT since I've never worked in the field before. I argued that 3 years of uni was enough for me to decide that I don't like it, but he told me that working would be completely different. While he may have a point, I really can't see myself sitting on a desk every day typing out code I don't understand (which is what uni felt like to me). I completely disagree with his argument, but didn't voice it out.
In the end, through some luck and assistance, I managed to land a job as a lowly video editor for a pretty well-known company in my country (I live in SEA btw). It's completely unrelated to what I had studied, but I've done a ton of video-editing as a hobby since way back, so the job is actually pretty easy to me compared to the DotA highlight videos I've done in the past lol. I'd say I sort of like my job, too.
While my dad is happy that I managed to get a job, he still said the same thing in a more recent talk I had with him: I decided too early that I "don't enjoy programming" without actually trying to work in the industry first. He has every right to say that since he paid for my education in full, and of course I feel extremely guilty that I used up a lot of his money to get a degree that I ended up not utilizing... But I mean, if I don't like it, I don't like it, right? I have no passion for writing code and the like! I'm not gonna force myself to work as a software developer or something just to prove a point!
My dad's a doctor, so when I mentioned that I hated my time in uni, his counter-argument was that he didn't enjoy his time studying medicine either, but that didn't stop him from pursuing a career in it. Perhaps this is why he can't see things from my point of view/vice-versa?
And just for those of you who were wondering, I find that I enjoy stuff that require a less technical, but somewhat more creative approach. I struggle to properly describe it, but I associate the word "technical" to stuff like maths and IT, whereas the word "creative" to stuff like designing characters or websites etc. I've always enjoyed drawing as a kid, so art/graphic design/illustrations (esp digital) are definitely areas I'm somewhat interested in. Making videos is pretty fun too, I'm pretty good at getting video clips to flow with their respective music track. Most of the video stuff I do at work is pretty basic cut and combine stuff though, so they're not really using my talents to the fullest. So yeah, I like stuff like that. Having said that, my skills in these areas are still lacking so I'm still working towards getting better at them... But I'm very sure I'd much rather work in a job that involves these sorts of things rather than work as an IT developer of some sort.
What do you guys think? Is it okay for me to have decided immediately after uni that I don't want to have anything to do with a programming-related career, or is my dad right?
I apologize if this entire blog lacks coherence and/or has a ton of mistakes; It's pretty late and I'm not really sure what I'm trying to get out of typing out all of this. I guess I just want to read some of your thoughts/opinions on the matter. I feel a bit guilty about the whole thing, but I also feel like I'm not completely wrong either.