Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve made the decision to learn web development. Time flies by when you are doing some thing you love. Yes, I’ve said it…I love web development. If you would have asked me two years ago, my answer would’ve been totally different. My husband has been coding for as long as we’ve been together…19 years. He used to try to get me to look at projects he was working on. I would glance at them and keep on walking. Why? At the time, it all looked liked a foreign language to me and I just wasn’t interested. My interest was in science and biology. My degree is in biology and my background is biomedical research. Even though I’m no longer in the field, they are still a part of me just as coding has become apart of me.
This past year, I’ve dedicated a lot of time to various web development courses, as well as coding projects to learn and develop my skills. They have consisted of some free courses and some inexpensive ones (I’ll tell you more about them in the next paragraph). As a result, I’ve earned a few certificates to put on my resume. Most importantly, I have mentally and skillfully grown as a web developer. And now I have a nice portfolio of projects to start showing potential employers.
Now that I’ve told you about my journey…let me share some advice that I hope will help those of you trying to decide if this career is right for you.
- When you have decided this is the career path you’d like to explore, sit with yourself for a bit and contemplate the situation. Make sure you are mentally ready to commit to the process. Coding takes patience and a lot of perseverance. You’ll have days where your code is running perfectly, everything is looking beautiful, and then you’ll have days where nothing is working right. You’ll want to pull your hair out. Also make sure you have the time to dedicate to learning and writing code daily.
- Make sure to dedicate some time each day to either reading something coding related or writing code. This will help you grow as a developer.
- My final takeaway is find your own niche. After you have gotten enough exposure to the fundamentals of web development. Pick what you would like to learn and grow in. That could be for example, front end development or back end development. Don’t feel the need to learn everything that is out there immediately.
Good luck to all you who are starting your coding journey. I wish you much luck and success.
As I sit here and reflect on the past year, I’m very proud of how far I’ve come along. It makes me excited for what the next year has in store. As of now, I’m getting into freelancing, taking more courses and building more applications to strengthen my portfolio.