Hi all! My name is Kenneth and I am an aspiring web developer. For 2 years I have been spending, literally, just about every free minute I have trying to self teach myself programming. I will say that I am a great, great deal closer to my goal than when I first started, but I still feel like I have an insane amount to learn.
The problem is that, without the structure of a classroom, I have trouble knowing where to start, what to learn next, should I keep focusing on this? Or should I move on and learn about that? It seems like I spend a quarter of my time just trying to figure out what to focus on, then another quarter of my time trying to find a good resource to learn from.
The next problem I have is that I don't have the time or money to go back to school or attend a bootcamp. I am 33 years old and have a home and family I have to worry about. Trust me, even if I just had the time to do one of these things, I would. I do, however, have the time to spend a few hours everyday to sit and try to learn what I can. I think with a bit of structure and guidance I could really take off and make web development a career.
So, that brings me to why I am writing this. I would love to find a mentor to work with me. Give me that little bit of structure and guidance I need. I have seen some of the mentoring programs online and, while I would love to do that, I just can't afford the hourly rate most are asking for. As I said, I have a family and home I need to worry about, and am living paycheck to paycheck just to provide for them. So, does anyone out there know of any options for me? Anyway to find a mentoring program that is fairly cheap? Any ideas at all are welcome.
I have poured my heart and mind into learning all of this and sometimes I feel like I am just going around and around in circles and not getting anywhere at all. If ANYONE out there can help, I would be forever grateful.
Thank You in advance for any responses Kenneth Olsen