1-Year, 3-Year, and 10-Year Goals of 63 Coders in the Finxter Community

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What are the short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals of coders in the Finxter community? Let’s find out!


Here are some meta stats about our survey:

  • How Many? 63 survey respondents
  • When? Survey date is January 2022
  • Who? Finxter Email List of people generally interested in programming
  • Survey link: https://forms.gle/cbfCH9mxRYtH8SrS9 (feel free to participate before reading on—I’ll write a follow-up article on the updated results in a year or so)

I have categorized the goals into different categories. Here’s how the raw data looks like:

1y Goals3y Goals10y Goals
Make the World Better2%2%14%
Freelancing and Business16%20%25%
Learning and Growth48%36%16%
Personal, Relationship, and Health5%9%4%
Coding Projects4%2%4%

If you visualize it, you obtain the following interesting figure:

Figure: Goal categories over the short-term (1y), mid-term (3y), and long-term (10y).

Understanding the Data

Here are a couple of interesting observations regarding goal setting of programmers in our community:

  • Make the World Better: Goals in this category are relatively unpopular (2%) in the short- and mid-term but significantly become more popular (14%) in the long-term.
  • Job: Goals in this category are relatively popular (18%) in the short- and mid-term but become less popular (11%) in the long-term.
  • Freelancing and Business: Goals in this category are slightly less popular than job-related goals (17%) in the short-term but gradually increase in popularity to 20% in the mid-term and 25% in the long-term.
  • Money: Goals in this category are relatively unpopular (7%) in the short-term but become more popular (13%) in the mid-term and (27%) in the long-term.
  • Learning and Growth: Goals in this category are super popular in the short-term (48%) but significantly reduce in popularity in the long-term (16%).

But what does this mean? Let’s try to extract some insights from the data next! πŸ™‚

Interpretation of Data

  • Do Good — Later! Respondents want to spend their energy to make the world better in the long-term but are too busy chasing success in the short-term.
  • Job? No Thanks! Respondents want to create their own business, more than they want to work in a job, because they seek the independence and monetary advantages that are associated with it.
  • Be Rich! Money is a very popular 10-y goal of many respondents — and they want to acquire it by learning, finding a coding job, or creating their own business.
  • Why Money? Freedom and Purpose! Creating a business and advancing the career, as well as learning are only a means to an end: make more money and reach more independence and freedom to achieve happiness.

Raw Survey Data

Do you want to get your own insights? No problem here’s the raw data:

Your 1-Year Goal?Your 3-Year Goal?Your 10-Year Goal?
Educate 1M people per monthEducate 10M people per monthEducate 100M people per month
Quit my jobMake six-figures on UpworkBe a Millionaire
Crack an entrance exam.To grow spiritually and to learn computersMy dream job, travelling to atleast five countries.
to be data scicentistto be Area ManagerTo be CEO
Learn python and start earning good out of it.Python expertSome Innovation may b using my skills
Do it as better as I can and learn as much and I can in my job and outsideBeing able to work from a remote job or being in a position and country which passion meRunning my own little engineering company
Complete my own Flask web app.Learn biomolecular modeling.Apply what I’ve learnt and update myself on the new technologies out there.
Use Python profesionallyBe capable of securing a Python based roleBe wealthy & retired
Learn as much about technology as possibleConnect the dots and form a big picture of how it all works. Use it to gain a deeper understanding of techApply my knowledge and create my own technological solutions for the benefit of mankind
Get a job using codingProgress with careerBe at the top of the field
Study greatlyObtain a jobTo work in Denmark πŸ‡©πŸ‡°
Work and improve my skills in data analysisLearn to use A.I.Buy my own farm, far from civilization πŸ™‚
Mastering a computer languageHaving an App in the market and earning money from it.Living from My pasive income, helping others to get out their Prison of thinking(a Prison You don’t taste, feel or see)
To be a fulltime freelancerMachine learning expertTo have my own technology business
Become a Python DeveloperBecome a machine learning engineerBecome a data scientist in FAANG company
Being Python programme with earning 50$/hChange house for a bigger one πŸ™‚Being Happy and able to spend money for whatever I want πŸ™‚
Python ProEarn 150k a yearMulti Millionaire
Complete python courses and become confident in codingBecome a successful freelancing python coder / data analystBecome a data scientist
Get a Job in programmingBecome an experienced programmerWork as a Freelance programmer
Learn classCreate a discord botCreate muti-player PvP game
To save up money for stuff to build a houseto save up more money for my houseto hvae my house built
Jump to a Software developer JobImprove my developer and managing skillsCan chose my work and work where I want.
Get a job in python-related fieldBe a full-stack developerFull time software developer and working in a big tech company
Become a better computter programmerto Develop software for companies remotelyto Develop software for companies remotely
15+ gigs + 15KUSD on upwork3kUSD per month with expertise in Data science and MLTop earner on Toptal in ML 150k+ per month niche -ML
learn pythonbe freelancemove to the tropics and work as freelance from there
Learn all I can about Crypto Currency and Blockchain.Trade in Crypto Currencies. Actively develop smart contracts and get paid for it.Ease back on the Coding and Enjoy and share Life Experiences with Family and Friends. I would also love to share my life experience with the younger generation to point out the mistakes I made and in general how to best navigate life. I just do not know how to do this yet. I am hoping you (ChrisM), will help me with this.
Comfortable Python Coding with Regular Automation projects at workVery good Programmer, Over all the Tools of Devops life cycle and Start into Manager RoleSr Manager for a Devops Team
Data AnalysisData ResearchData Scientist
$5k per month$20k per month$1MM per month
Reaching my health,love, and lifestyle goals.Livong my life to the fullest love-wise, health-wise ,financial-wiseInspiring a lot of people with my talents, knowledge, and good heart
Learn the basics of pythonHaving some Form of coding jobHaving enough experience for freelancing work
Start with upwork and 2nd impart pyhton courseHave a strong presence as freelancerHave my own education business
To get 5 longer term client in Article WritingLeave the 9-5 job and work full time Python freelancerHelp The Humanity by giving Clothes to Needy all over the world.
To restart my career in datascienceTo gain knowledge in datascienceSetup my own company
not diehave a frienddismantle all capitalism on earth
Launch website with 3 appsUnderstand Structural Analysis, software calculationsBuild a Professional Grade Open Source Structural Analysis Software
Business DevelopmentGive a Job No of PersonsMake a Business in a Private Ltd
being a good python coder and learn oopsget a goos postdoc in astronomy and data science intersectionbecome a freelancer
Explore the possibility of self-employment.Start my own IT firm.Help in development and bring my ideas of next-gen technology to those willing to embrace it.
Learn Python and vie.jsBecame system EngineerBecame system architect
to get intermediate level expect at GoLangto build a great team at workget retire
To attain intermidiate levelTo attain grandmaster levelI am 71 , Phd perhaps?
Learn HaskellFinish my degreeHave worked on any major crypto project that had made a positive impact in the world (even if it was a small part)
junior django devmiddle django devteam lead
To travel to 3 different locations and read 12 books.Buy my mother a house!Have more than a million in my bank account.
A little codingWe’ll seeretirement
Get Masters certified in electronicsGet FAA-107’$Start Businesses
Master PythonMaster JavaScriptMaster C and C++
Switch job by June for increasing my salary by 30%become a successful Python developer with high level of expertiseFinancial Freedom in next 10 years to retire early
Data ScientistStarting a new businessGet my own house and car
Finish my level 3 computing. Be confident enough in python and computer hardware to apply for positions in a company where I can learn more.Be in a job that challenges me on a daily basis and have learnt other programming languages.in 10 year ill be 42 who wouldnt want to retire at 42 lol maybe that’s wishful thinking but who knows my crypto holdings may have made me a millionaire by then
To be able to have a steady consistent gig as a freelancer working in the python space.To be transitioning to embedded systems programming using Rust languageTo be an expert and leader in the field of IOT
To become successful freelancer on upwork with earnings more then 40k dollarTo become top rated content creator for finxter academyBecome CEO for finxter academy

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