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I completed CS, but failed lots of courses the first time around. I think I did some exams 5 times before I passed (this might be easier in Dutch universities than in the US system). I put off my Master's thesis for a few years while I worked a full-time job, then switched subjects and managed to complete it anyway (9 years after I started). That first job was with a startup I co-founded, where my opportunities for growth sort of fizzled out after five years. After six, I quit, posted my resume online in a few places and got a nice new job through a recruiting agency. Started in the new job as a C++ engineer and was promoted to a management role in 6 months... Lots of challenges!

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