|Quick background, no degree, been working in the field professionally for a few years now and I'm bored out of my mind.|
I don't want be stuck writing code to automate business processes for the rest of my life, nor does developing b2b or b2c consumer apps sound very interesting to me. The typical stuff I hear recommended to people like myself is to go the PM route or do something like devops, neither of which sound interesting to me.
There are certainly fields / problems that interest me (low level embedded type stuff, low latency programming, etc.), but they tend to not be accessible to someone with my educational background (let alone professional). And while I've considered school, it's a financial impossibility. On top of that, I fear I'm not smart enough to do a lot of the stuff and feel like a proverbial "code monkey".
At this point I'm wondering if I should just leave tech, but the lost earning potential tells me that would be financial suicide (where else can you make that much money with nothing but a HS diploma),but I'm just not sure, and feel I may be overreacting or not seeing some option, I know other people have been in similar situations, and I'm curious if anyone could lend me some advice.