Hi Nick! I really like your thinking on your portfolio and I just wanted to say that I would love for your todo app to have inline editing! That would be fantastic!
Regarding the commentary between Pethaf and kevinSmith (kevin I just caught your camel casing and laughed), imo soft skills are critical and so is not being bitter regardless of your background, because frankly it all boils down to portfolio and your ability to network.
I’ve worked 20 years as an illustrator and graphic designer and despite people saying how “talented I am” (not true…I’ve seen far better) I have trouble finding a job in my field. The one thing I can say is that I’m out because my portfolio and energy now cannot compete with some of the new talent these days(some who don’t even have a college degree). On this I’m not bitter about it, I’m realistic.
In the same way I realize I’m done with illustration, I have infinite energy with tech. If, keyword here is if, I am not crazy and I do have more potential in front end development than my 20 years of hard work and sweat as an illustrator, it is possible I will beat 4 year grads and some experienced coders who were frankly in the same position as me as a veteran illustrator: Tired, not in the mood to read tutorials to compete with fresh faced youths, and be either bitter or realistic about the situation.
TLDR, I lived being beaten by people who came from “nothing”. I lived and learned degrees and job experience mean absolutely nothing in terms of job security. Instead, it’s your portfolio, tenacity, network and passion that matters at the end of the day.
In any case, if i have a job before the end of this year, then I’m proof that what Kevin and I am saying is true.
And if your’e tired pethaf, consider what makes you feel alive. I lived falling out of love with a career that isn’t working for me.