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Coffee Break: Guts to Go Against the Crowd

In my recent days I’ve made several changes to my life. Things that scares me a little, probably way more than a little. But I know it’s worth trying for, and yet, lots of people have done it before, at least in a global scope.

Having an unusual choice seems to be a bit depressing, especially when you’re against conformity. You know it’s possible, but you just can’t feel 100% certain because it doesn’t go along with your local society.

I did these choices through a thorough research, obviously. There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity, between taking risk and being reckless.

Tons of people in Indonesia knew how to create website, they acknowledge themselves as a “web developer”. These people derives from prestigious universities, you name it.

The problem is that most of them, according to several sources and relatives, doesn’t actually know how to write code. They simply “copy-paste”, thanks to the wildly open sources of code chunks across the internet.

These leads to the shortage of talents, and foremost, a really low annual salary, compared globally.

According to HongKiat, which derives they’re data form PayScale and CoroFlot:

web developer indonesia salary

The annual salary for Indonesia’s web developer is $5,347.00.

And here’s for the senior web developer:

web developer senior salary indonesia

Shockingly it’s the* top 5 country with least wage in the whole fucking world*. Feel free to read the data from well-known local newspaper:

It’s written in 2011, so you probably want to calibrate with recent inflations. So it’s going to be around Rp4 million for juniors, and Rp6-11 millions for seniors.

Still, the preceding data is reported by foreign researcher, what actually occur on the “real world” doesn’t seems to go along (written in Bahasa Indonesia):

Most engineers got paid according to the Regional Minimum Wage, around Rp1,5-2,5 million. And that is, the truth.

Like what I’ve mentioned previously, the reasons behind these facts are:

  • Low skilled developers
  • Not likely to find an IT company nearby

They said there’s a huge demand for software engineers, and when I said “they” I meant the university’s elements: lecturers, professors, dean, etc. Well, that’s what they said, they probably never got into the real world in the first place, they’re researcher not “real” engineers.

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It comes to my mind that the only path to strive is to work abroad or build my own startup. Getting a job in my own country is not an option.

I knew that the challenges are tough, I need a profound skill to surpass the barrier. That said, is by going deep on specialisation.

No one is going to pay you plenty of money by being an average. And being an average is what the school is trying to teach you: “Expert at nothing, average at everything.”

The goal is not to have a well paying job, it’s a matter of freedom.

I’m not willing to go for a 9 to 5 job for the rest of my life, hell no. My plan is to gain a substantial cash to buy assets, either by buying a business (including stocks/bonds) or build businesses of my own. Then, I’ll keep increasing my portfolio until I never have to work for a day (financially freedom).

I can do whatever I want to do, dedicate myself to something that truly matters: serving other people.

According to recent surveys done by StackOverflow:

stackoverflow web developer survey

Here’s an insight from Quincy Larson, founder of Free Code Camp:

The most popular way to learn to program is still hitting the books yourself.

Most developers learn through some combination of self-study, on-the-job training, and academic study.

Less than half of developers have a technology-related undergraduate or graduate degree.


I knew that dropping out of school is the real deal despite how prestigious the school might sound (nationally). Anyway, there’s a numerous guide oworkworkn going on your own feet:

One substantial loss is the network. But, I got that covered.

I need to admit learning on your own ass is tough, it requires total discipline. That is when I decided to go for a bootcamp. A lot to pay for the tuition, but the real question is: are you willing to invest in money to gain time, or invest in time to gain money?

This article is solely for the purpose of archive, a memory.

“One of my philosophies is to always pick the choice that scares you. The status quo, the path of least resistance, the everyday routine — that stuff is easy. Anyone can do that. But the right decisions, the decisions that challenge you, the ones that push you to evolve and grow and learn, are always scary.” — Jeff Atwood

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