I'm right of the middle of this, having spent a decade as a graphic designer. If I had started this then, I would have gone head first, moved home and went to full time school or something similar. But the reality of having a family with two kids under three means I have to be more thoughtful in my approach.
That said, I have the advantage of knowing what I want and having the drive to focus to get it. Back then, I would have been to shy to even post something like this, let alone seeking direct help to hit my goals.
My limited advice breaks down to a few things:
Now, I'm not even fully in development yet, but these are some of the things I've kept in mind that have helped me. It's easy to lose focus when you're trying to learn anything new, let along something as big as a career!
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