experience: 30 year of on/off programming. 7 years of managing SWEs
After joining Taro, I am motivated to reset my career and not live in depression any more. Also, I think, due to side effects of Taro, my sleep has improved a lot and I am not consuming cheap dopamine any more.
My next tasks are
But I was thinking, at this stage, given AI popularity, should I pivot and start learning AI because even if I get real good at side projects and programming, is it a better career move to be good at programming at this stage of my life? AI is going to get better and better and just being a good programmer is not going to cut it even in near-future?
Thanks for reading.
In general, I don't recommend chasing trends for the sake of it. Admittedly AI is a trend with far more staying power IMHO compared to something like VR, but I don't believe in this dystopian future some engineers have where everyone is going to become an MLE and everyone who is not an MLE gets left behind in the dust.
Here's my basic "algorithm" when it comes to new trends and career direction:
Summing it all up, the best career move is always to do something you're truly passionate about. The tricky part is divorcing your feelings when working on a new, trendy thing because you need to figure out if you actually like it or whether your brain simply wants to like it because it's the hot thing right now.
Here's some other resources about this: