Hello and Thanks for reading.
I’ll start by saying Thank You FCC. This is such a great resource for someone in my unique situation. I’ve been living on SSI and/or SSDI (social security disability) since 1999. Even though I have a degree in Computer Science and I was a certified Web Dev back in 2008 (now defunct).
I found it was near impossible for me to find work back then in IT of any kind (2008, When the bottom dropped out of IT work in the US). I was hit with the double whammy of not being able to find meaningful work and SSDI wouldn’t allow me to do so without losing my medical benefits. I just spent the next decade until now, doing odd computer repair jobs and selling stuff online for spare income.
I decided I’ve had enough of living on next to nothing. So, I’ve resolved to get back in the game and update my skill set. Learn to code in a updated lang. Then hopefully to find meaningful employment and/or opportunity. Obviously, I can’t afford to cough up 2000+ Dollars for a coding bootcamp somewhere, nor afford to travel and stay somewhere on top of that. Simply out of the budget and I have a home to maintain. So, FCC is a boon to me. The whole free bootcamp thing is great. Back in the day (80s-2000s), I had to go buy books and such, then teach myself by ‘feeling around in the dark’ so to speak; then pay an ungodly amount for a certification test that may or may not help one get a job.
Thank you again. If nothing else; I have something to show a potential employer.
Now, that being said. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed at late, feeling a bit stupid too. So much has changed in the past ten years. I have past experience in IT but my skills are out-of-date, mostly. A case of ‘impostor syndrome’ I suppose. I’m middle-aged now and don’t learn as fast as I used too (I consciously know the difference). Still have plenty of drive to learn/succeed, but, feel very insecure about my abilities and prospects. I try to do at least 3 challenges aday, I aim for 10 possibly maybe more. Read whatever resources I can find, etc.
To the point; I read several posts on this forum about people looking to network, just starting out and looking to network. I’m curious if there’s anyone else on here in my same situation or similar. Is anyone out there that can offer advice or resources that would be helpful to my particular situation. I’m also interested in networking for long term employment.
I’ll read every comment.