Just wanna thank Quincy and the FCC community for the motivation. A bit about me… I’m a self taught dev (as many of us are) with no CS background, no CS degree… My degree is in Music, which I planned on getting into teaching several years ago. That didn’t work out, so I worked other menial dead end jobs to make ends meet. For several years I was feeling lost, insecure and directionless.
Thankfully I discovered FCC in Nov 2016. From then until now, 2 and a half years on, I basically learned on and off. There were months where I would learn and code day by day, and there were months where I would not code at all. Regardless of how my journey went on a daily basis, I felt a great sense of purpose learning. I felt the difficulties of balancing a full time job where I was made to do overtime that I did not want to do. Despite that, I persisted. I knew I wanted this and I would like to encourage those who feel constrained in their learning by life commitments like having a full time job, having a family or any other urgent duties that it is ok to take your time. Everyone is different and has different circumstances that make things easier/more difficult for them to learn to code. The key thing to always remember is one step a day is better than no step at all.
Another factor that can be accounted for as to why I have only just gotten a job now is because I didn’t have the confidence to apply earlier. Key thing to learn here is don’t be afraid to apply even if you think you don’t match all the requirements! You’d be surprised how many recruiters will come at you! Web development is in huge demand and the truth is nobody really knows everything, especially as a junior. After coding for almost 2 and a half years, it is really only mid March this year that I started actively looking for jobs. I got 7 rejections before getting an offer. Don’t be disheartened by rejections. It will happen. Just be patient and keep applying and it only takes ONE company to say yes.
For those interested in the tech stack, the job is a PHP role working with WordPress theme development. If you wanna land that first job sooner, I’d say definitely learn PHP. It’s not part of the FCC curriculum so you’ll have to learn from other sources, but it is definitely a valuable skill in the web development world, despite the bad name it gets among developers that wanna work with more modern technologies. As a new/aspiring developer, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain in terms of job opportunities by learning PHP.
Thank you again to everyone for the motivation. I look forward to a great career ahead!