Today I am going to write about why I am learning web development and pursuing a completely different career path. Also, what led me to throw myself into it head first, rather than just taking the easy road. I’ll give you a rough idea of where I want to be heading in the next few years and where I see it going. In order to do that though I had better tell you where I have already been.
A little background on me.
I’ve always been interested in problem solving and puzzles. Being good at Maths and Science at school and having a very analytical brain. I do however also love to be creative, in my own way. Be that drawing out a bullet journal, or writing a short story. At school, I ended up going down the science route and put a lot of creativity on the back burner.
I completed my degree in biochemistry nearly 3 years ago now. Just one month into the course I knew it wasn’t for me, but I stuck at it. A lesson in resilience, yes, but not so much one in following your own path. I left Uni and ended up in a retail job that I enjoyed enough, mainly due to the wonderful people I met whilst there. As I was comfortable there I moved up the ladder fairly quickly, resulting in my last job as a trainee manager. A month ago I looked around again and realised that 2 1/2 years after graduating, I still wasn’t where I wanted to be. I was physically and mentally unwell due to all of the travel and stress I was dealing with on a day-to-day basis and life had become mundane.
Now, of course, very few people reach their ‘life goals’ in the three years after graduating. The main problem wasn’t that. It was the fact that I had become comfortable being comfortable. Making literally no effort to progress or challenge myself in order to achieve those dreams. I realised how easy it would be for me to just plod along, telling myself I will do something one day. Before you know it another 3 years have passed. That thought literally terrified me. It was time to leave.
What attracted me to web development.
I discovered web development as a hobby around a year ago, when I was still working closer to home. With a little extra time, I needed to use my brain for something other than admin and talking to customers. After a long break from a learning environment such as school or Uni, I was craving all of the things I enjoyed about learning. I bought a course in Web Development on Udemy when they had a sale on, thinking I could just give it a go when I fancied it. Sitting down to do my first lecture, something just clicked.
I thought it would be really difficult, and sometimes it is but even around 4 lessons in I was thoroughly enjoying it. I found myself completely immersed in this world of code that I had never really thought about before. The more I did think about it, the more it made sense. My dad works in computer science, and I have always been hyper-aware when browsing the internet whether or not a site has a good user interface or not. I pick up on little things that make a website a pleasure to interact with and also those annoying bugbears that make you want to leave a page as soon as possible.
It is like solving one big puzzle with a beautiful, creative website as the result.
What am I currently working on?
Fast forward to today, and I am in a very bizarre yet exciting limbo. I have saved up and left my job in retail, in order to have more time to work on and learn the skills I need, to pursue this new hobby as a career. Very much a nervous student stepping into the unknown. It’s about time, though!
I am working my way through The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 by Rob Percival on Udemy as a guidance course (which I would highly recommend) as well as teaching myself with every resource I can find. As I can’t afford to go back to formal education and it isn’t always necessary to do so, it is now just a case of practice makes perfect!
In order to keep myself accountable and on track with the learning process, I have rebooted this blog. It will serve as both a creative outlet other than just study, so I can have a bit of a mental break, but also the place to document where I am in my studies.
As part of this, I now hope to have the time to work on my physical health and general headspace, to feel good and work more efficiently!
Where would I like to go with learning Web Development?
My ultimate dream in life is to be freelance. To have the time to look after my health and the flexibility to be able to travel and work from anywhere in the world. Even if that happens to just be from home. I will continue writing this blog and hope to find some like-minded people, interested in the same things all whilst becoming the best web developer I can be. I don’t like to do things my halves so I would never put anything out into the world that I wasn’t truly proud of. Finally, although money is not the most important thing by a long way, it would be great if I were able to comfortably sustain a living, without worrying constantly. I’m going to have a lot of work ahead of me!
I hope you have found this interesting and if there is anything, in particular, you want to know more about please do let me know! Also if you are already a seasoned web developer with any advice to give to someone starting out, that would be hugely appreciated.
I will be sharing my ‘study outline’ soon, as well as a summary series of what I have learnt that week. Do let me know if there are any other ideas you would like me to share!