It’s been a year since my first post on Dev.to. It was an article that I wrote for the #SheCoded initiative that my company embraced.
In that post, I talked about how I managed to break into the developers' world, even though I wasn’t one. I said that I did some coding at university, and then, a couple of years ago, I took a course in Front End Development to refresh my memory and learn new skills. I wrote that I wasn’t ready to try and switch my career from content marketing to web development because I didn’t feel I was at the right level yet. I also mentioned how my current job in Dev Rel has allowed me to compromise between continuing my career path in content and working with developers.
This is what I have done:
- I signed up for Edabit - which is an excellent way to “keep fit” by solving 1 or 2 challenges every day
- I found a tutor at Coding Tech. I have been doing online lessons each week and it has helped massively
- I started to develop my own project, so I am coding for fun, which is with no doubt the best way to learn and keep motivated.
I think that learning by developing a project you care about is extremely effective.
Also, in my case, finding a private tutor has been a significant turning point. I wish I thought about it earlier! I was aware of free resources online and bootcamps, but I have never heard of anyone taking private coding lessons. To me, it has been extremely beneficial. If you find yourself stuck, reach out for help can give you exactly what you need to overcome the obstacles, make progress and keep your motivation high.
You will never be done learning or improving, but carrying on gets easier with practice.