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if I were to go into a career of coding what kind of work life would I see

would I generally go into an office or would a lot of it be in my own home and other things along those lines

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Fred’s Answer

well...like with most questions, the answer is "It depends".

At my first job coding, I was required to be in the office five days a week, put in at least eight ours a day, and had to be there between 9-3. That means I could come in at 6a and leave at 3p, or come in at 9a and leave at 6p, or whatever.

My second job initially was the same. Then they allowed a few "flex time options". You could work 4 ten-hour days, and have one day off a week, or work 9 nine-hour days, and have an extra day off every other week. Then they revoked that policy. They then allowed you to work from home (WFH) one or two days a week.

My third job was similar - WFH one or two days a week, but mostly going into the office. Then, once COVID hit, everyone (except a few key positions) had 100% WFH for close to two years. They then started letting people come back if they wanted, with limits on how many, etc. Now we are at "come in at least 2 days a week", but that is not strictly enforced.

Some companies will let you work 100% remote, full time. Some will let you WFH most of the time, but come in once a month for meetings or whatever. And some will still require you to come into the office full time.

This is one of the factors you will have to consider when you start looking for work. It is an important question to ask at the interview. Then, consider it along with all the other benefits/restrictions and decide if it's worth it. For example, if the company makes you come in every day, but pays you $10k more/year, is the money worth it over the company that pays 10k less but lets you WFH 4 days a week?
Thank you comment icon thank you so much! it this was very insightful! Adam P.
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Sherin’s Answer

It depends on the company policy. But I'd say, coding jobs are in general the most flexible in terms of where you work, and many companies now, especially after COVID, allow for remote/hybrid work policies. You can also choose to be a freelancer and work anywhere anytime as long as you have your computer and Internet connection. I hope this helps.
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Bobby’s Answer

I believe in today's world you can have it both ways. Meaning you can work remotely (home) or go into the office. Sometimes that means working from home a few days per week and in the office during the others. I know since COVID many of us adapted to working remotely or from home. Studies have shown that productivity increased while we were under "lockdown" during COVID. So, as long as you can stay disciplined in maintaining your workload remotely or from home you can have a balanced work / home life. I hope this helps answer your question!
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Lindsay’s Answer

In our current work-life climate I would say most companies are open to telecommuting however, I would suggest as a young professional to try to go into an office location as much as possible. While the telecommute (work from home) idea is great - it requires a lot of discipline because there are always temptations at home that are not work related. Also, I think it is important for you as a young professional to grow your network of peers - this will lead to bigger and better opportunities. I find the most success in a blended or hybrid approach to working.
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