I want to switch careers from PhD in chemical engineering to data scientist. How can I go about doing this without having everyone hate me?
It is one year after I started and I am feeling miserable. I really hate the lab work I am forced to do (my summer lab work was better). I didn't like any of the chemical engineering courses. I didn't like my undergraduate courses either. The courses are just dry and pointless.
I took one probability elective and I really liked it and I wish I had moved into data science or became a developer. I really like programming and I am naturally good at it.
I also have a great girlfriend for the first time. We've been dating about 8 months now. She has made me more confident and more aware of how distorted my thinking and decision making is. She is just getting a masters in chemical engineering. She is graduating in one year, so I don't mind being around her until then. I would love to move with her to Seattle post graduation and live with her up there.
I want to move away from chemical engineering and become a data scientists or C++ developer. I know I am capable of achieving these things as long as I have some motivation. At the end of the day I just want a high paying job.
How can I go about undoing my mistake of applying to graduate school and switching to a more promising career field?
Edit: Removed personal details and added updates
UPDATES: Started my data science career! What I did:
1) Talked to my advisers and quit.
2) Found a new adviser who allowed me to get a masters in 1 yr doing data science things related to Spectroscopy.
3) Played up research experience and coding and landed a data science internship in silicon valley (pay is 27 K for summer).
4) Took a grad level probability theory courses to improve math background
5) Continued learning data science by working on my masters thesis
6) Continued to get a free masters degree because department is short chemE TA's and by TAing my tuition is waved.
7) I no longer have an assigned office so I now work in the library, and am ultra productive.