Hello everyone. I’m going to try and keep this brief.

I have a degree in Computer Science and am currently working as a “programmer”. Programmer is in quotes as that’s what my title is, but I rarely actually code. I mainly use packaged software to maintain internal applications and SharePoint sites.

For a multitude of reasons, I want to find a new job. Now I’m in a rut trying to even decide what type of job to try next. I recently started brushing up on HTML/CSS/JavaScript in order to pursue web development, but as I sit down to learn I doubt my choices. I was never the best at coding in class and I never really loved it. I basically tolerated it to get my degree. What if I spend all this time trying to learn something and I’m not good enough? What if I am good enough but I hate my next job too?

Another career that has always sat in the back of my mind is technical writing. I’ve always excelled in my writing classes and I feel I understand writing guidelines and styles a lot better than I understand code. I’ve also heard that having a computer science degree is a good foot in the door to that field.

I guess what scares me the most is the unknown in all this. I’m also scared that some type of coding job is the only way I can continue earning my current salary. (50k plus good benefits, 401k, etc.) Is this possible if I pursue technical writing? (I live in a low COL area so this is enough to live, especially with my husbands salary) I would also like to work remotely if possible, but that’s not a hard requirement by any means.

Is this normal? How should I move forward? Should I just try one and then keep trying if that fails? Any tips on pursuing either of these fields? Any advice or input is appreciated.