I quit my first job out of college with nothing lined up. This job got me into frontend development, but the work split was like 70% database entry, 30% actual FED. I was miserable and had a hard time motivating myself to even open up job sites, let alone applying.
I wanted to start doing the stuff I was doing in my side projects and demos full-time (Vue/Nuxt/etc), so once I was fairly confident in my abilities I quit cold-turkey and started freelancing and applying for FED positions.
I landed a full-time position after a few months of fairly successful freelancing. I can safely say I'm more than capable of keeping up with mid-level FEDs who have been working in the same tools for years.
It's worth noting I am young and still living with my parents, so this is certainly not possible for everybody and I understand that.
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