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I did. I was one of the youngest people in the company (250+ person company) and worked in the R&D department. There were several rounds of layoffs in the year I worked there and I survived them all and was given a raise.

I simply found ME to be too slow on multiple dimensions.

I feel you. I had the same experience working as an ME in R&D and left for programming. What languages did you end up learning? What was your first?

I learned a little C in college, then taught myself Java in the evenings while working as a ME, then got the job and learned the C# .NET stack, and now my latest client is back to Java. I'm missing .NET terribly but luckily my startup uses it so I still get to stay up on it.

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