I approached it this way because I felt like I needed to get an understanding about back-end to decide which I would continue to focus on leading up to first job. First let me say, I’m glad I did, but… Many, including myself, feel the back-end curriculum at FCC is not so helpful in its current form. I took Learn and Understand NodeJS on Udemy, which was what ultimately helped me understand what was going on. My self-driven momentum hit a major speed-bump though, and I realized if I wanted to get proficient in one end faster and sooner, then personally that would be the front-end, which I find more interesting and relatable. After this, I took a Complete React Developer course on Udemy, and after getting through the gauntlet of excellent tutorials in this course (React, Redux, webpack, git, foundation, scss, testing with Mocha, Karma, Expect), I felt ready to start looking for work. (I paid about $15-17 for each of these courses thanks to finding coupons/waiting until udemy gave me a good offer).