Roughly two years ago, my evolution into web development began. I was living in Houston, TX for the year, far away from my roots in North Carolina. I was having a hard time and reached a crossroads where i was questioning where I was going career wise. I had worked many jobs in a few industries, but I never found anything that I connected with, nothing I could be passionate about.
One night, a random google search led me to www.developajob.com, an article on the homepage was about a man who taught himself web development using free online resources and made a successful career out of it. The website goes on to give you a road map on how one could follow the same path. The thing that initially grabbed my attention, besides the impressive salaries web developers make, was that it said no degree is necessary to break into this industry. All one may need was a decent portfolio of projects showing off the skills you have accumulated.
Though excited at the idea, I was still skeptical, so I researched and found countless sources confirming that it was indeed true. I bought myself a cheap laptop a couple weeks later and began learning all the basics of web design and development. I mostly dabbled off and on the first year, but progressively I have immersed myself and fell in love with the whole process. The last few years I have been very inspired and have been using every spare moment learning, practicing, and mastering every technology I can use.
I have become much more advanced and constantly thinking of new ideas for personal projects to build. The only thing I regret is that I wish I would have learned about this industry a long time ago. I know this is the path for me, and I connect with this industry on many levels as it fits my personality.
UPDATE March 2019: I Landed a webmaster position at a digital marketing agency working on WordPress sites and learning about SEO and marketing. I finally got my foot in the door which has been my first big goal accomplished. I just want everyone to know that it is possible and not to give up when things get hard. Sometimes you feel like you will never get it and that maybe you are not smart enough, but that’s not true. Persistence is key, and when you push through you will look back on those times when you were stuck and wonder how you ever struggled with something so easy. I have experienced this many times and counting. Remember its a process!
I aim to help aspiring web developers by using my experiences to help them avoid some of the pitfalls I have made in my journey thus far. I am documenting my journey, through blogs, vlogs, and tutorials, to share my knowledge and experience as I go through it. I hope this will encourage newcomers to be inspired and motivated.