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Obligation noun , Something by which a person is bound or obliged to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or results from custom
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I agree with the other- do online and night classes and keep your UI claim open as long as possible. Five months is not that long to be unemployed today. But I think I know what is happening and it may sound harsh but it isn't really because I do not know you.
If you actually did not like your last job even though it was in a field that offered you an interest in software engineering, you are giving off very negative attitudes whenever you talk with anyone about your future. If you have earned a degree in history you should be proud of that accomplishment. It taught you something including that you like college enough to consider other fields of study.
Why not up for things like substitute teaching and still consider all the things you are doing now? Substituting is hard work but some places may accept your credentials. Also, refine your resume so it does target what you are good at- what skills you do have- stop being so negative. Unemployment is not much fun but you cannot let yourself be defined by that. Practice your 1 minute elevator speech as I call it- the commercial of yourself. If you were at an event and were going to be introduced, what would you want someone to know about you besides that you want and need a job.
Figure out why programming makes you less lazy and you will figure out a better way to approach this. I suspect you are also a thing rather than a people person- but job hunting is the people business so practice that skill. Talk to the clerk at the store even if it is only to wish them a nice day. Engage in mindless conversations now and then while waiting in line. I am not saying to be an idiot but you need practice just talking to people so do it.