How hard is to switch careers nowadays at this frenetic speed that everything is moving?
I want to share my experience with you, I´m a Systems Engineer in Bogotá - Colombia with about 15 years of experience in IT Management. From Datacenters, networks to specific company applications like ERP´s CRM, etc.
A couple of years ago, I decided to switch career to WebDev, I started reading stuff like HTML5, CSS, JS, frameworks like Bootstrap, and Ruby on Rails, but as you can imagine, it´s not enough. To really move to the web dev world, a lot of commitment is required, also follow a path, whatever it may be. And start doing.
That`s why, I signed in into a first Bootcamp sponsored by FEDESOFT, a nonprofit entity whose goal is to enforce the development of companies within the software field in Colombia. There I learned about Ruby on Rails and hybrid applications, how to develop and deploy them with tools like Heroku.
But, to answer the question that I used to start my posts, how hard is it? Well, here in Bogotá it seems not to hard if you can accredit some experience, show your work, or accept to be measured by a technical interview.
In my opinion, you have to be under some certain age (I am 36 years old) to be considered as a Junior, but in my case, that I have about 15 years of experience in IT, but none of it under software/web development, to wish to land a job with a decent income, it`s really a challenge. The way is to go under your own. Try to get freelance jobs in places like UpWork or Freelancer to add experience to your portfolio, and keep studying/practicing/learning, focus on new frameworks/languages to move towards new fields where there are not enough skilled people and be able to be considered as an interesting candidate.
For now, I keep doing my best and hopefully soon write a new post with my first web dev job.