Here’s the first of my coding side of the blog. I’m going to use this to catch everyone up on where I currently am in my journey with some background info as well.
I went to school for Graphics and Multimedia where they taught us a little about a lot. For my personality, that was great! For my professional career, not so much.
The Graphics side of this major was for printing. We did screen printing, flexography, and lithography (which no one liked because we knew this was extinct). Once we did those, we had to take an advanced printing class, ugh. Luckily the cool part was that the teacher picked 3D printing that year for the advanced class.
The Multimedia part is where we learned Adobe Creative Suite. We had whole semesters dedicated to Photoshop/ Advanced Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Indesign, Illustrator, Premiere/After Effects.
Side note: For those wondering, my school also had a Graphic Design major. THAT’S the one where people draw. I can’t draw. At all.
The real world
Once I graduated, I felt like I could do anything I wanted, because I had a “great” portfolio website that I made from scratch using HTML, CSS and I knew “enough” of everything… then I got into the real world. I probably could have gotten a job at some print shop, but I wanted to focus on the technical side. Everything I looked at, I was always only partly qualified. And I know what you’re thinking, no one is ever fully qualified. Apply anyway! Yeah well I wasn’t even 50% qualified for the kind of jobs I wanted.
I started finding jobs I was 75% qualified for and applied. Eventually I found one that I was maybe 90% qualified for and I got that job! Yay!
I was satisfied for awhile at my current job, it was a good entry job. But I knew to go forward, I had to learn some new stuff. As the saying goes, I knew a little about a lot but I needed to learn a lot about a little. I sat myself down and asked, “What is it I want to do?” I thought about what part of my major I enjoyed, what I could do with that, and what I wanted in my future. In the end, I realized that using the basic web lessons I learned from school could be my first foot in the idea door. As you can guess I chose coding.
What I’ve been doing
I decided I wanted to become a Full Stack Developer. Just saying that out loud was intimidating, but I knew I had to commit.
I already knew a Bootcamp will never work for me, but I have considered taking some community college classes. In the end, I said there’s sooo many free legitimate courses online nowadays and employers care more about a portfolio/experience than they do a degree. So if I start losing motivation and feel I can’t do this on my own, I will try community college.
Just as many others, I got sucked into the abyss of online coding course options. I started at this one, moved to that one, tried another one, did a little in those ones and that one, then discovered some new ones for later. In the end, I realized I needed to simply commit to 1 or 2 good ones and just go for it.
What did I commit to?
Back to my point
Where I’m going
So now that you’re all caught up on where I am, stay tuned to follow how I’m doing on my journey and any tips or tricks I learn along the way to help you in your journey.