During the last half of 2016 I was doing a lot of thinking about where I want to take my career. For many years it has been in the back of my mind that I would enjoy life as a web developer. I halfway had my mind made up that I was going to make the switch from my current IT job into the coding world.

I spent many hours researching online classes, reading articles, and watching YouTube videos. I picked out a few courses and set my sights on Front-End development because it felt like the most obtainable to me. Meaning, I already knew HTML and CSS, so all I needed to do was learn JavaScript. I was already familiar with it, as I had played around with it quite a bit. However, I wasn’t at the point where I could code it on my own without using code snippets from existing samples. I’m aware that there are many more things to learn- such as JS libraries and things like SASS- but it’s those three pillars that make up the foundation for building the rest of my skill set on.

I bought a few courses from websites like Udemy, Coursera, and Code School and got to work. Lately, I’ve been brushing up on HTML and CSS. Basically, starting over as if I was a complete beginner, even though I felt like I was beyond that. I wanted to go over it all again with a new perspective. I knew that someday- hopefully soon- I would be getting paid to code. I need to take the learning process more seriously now, because when I land a job I would be expected to be an efficient and effective developer. I need to keep that in mind while reviewing topics I’m already familiar with and learning new ones.

It’s now 2017 and my mind is fully made up. I want to land a job as a Front-End Developer before the end of the summer.