I started teaching myself to program in 2016. I had to drop out of college for financial reasons and was working full time in retail to pay back my student loans. I liked retail at first, but eventually it started taking a toll on me mentally. I found out I don’t do well if I’m not mentally challenged at work. This lead to me searching for something to learn to change careers. My father is a programmer, so I’ve known about it my whole life but hadn’t really considered doing it myself. I assumed that you needed formal education and that it would be out of reach.
After doing some research into careers that I could start without a degree I settled on web development. It has the logical challenges of programming, and the creative challenges of design. It seems like the best of both worlds.
So, after more research on the best way of getting into web development, I purchased Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp. It turned out that he was a great instructor and I learned a lot from his course. After finishing most of it, I still felt like I needed more. I began freeCodeCamp’s curriculum and have learned even more. It has been important for me to get material from at least two different sources to make sure the concepts stick.