There are no more linear paths anymore.
Take two people in the same job and guaranteed they did not take the same path to get there.
Even if they went to the same school, in the same program, they probably did a different placement, or took a course during the summer or a different set of electives which shaped their path differently.
Or perhaps they taught themselves all the magic and conjured up their own direction.
Whichever way you go, the path is up to you and shouldn’t be compared to others.