How to Combat Information Overload?
Stefan Sep 7
Hi all! I'm currently learning to code, in order to make a career transition from academic life to web development. I've started in June, and have gone through a fair portion of FreeCodeCamp's curriculum, taken a Python class on Udemy, started reading Medium articles, subscribed to some podcasts, followed some coding-related Twitter feeds, and connected with people in my area through Meetups and Slack groups.It's been really exciting, and I've found that I enjoy the logical challenges of creating functional code (which isn't to say that they've been easy, by any means!). This type of work blends well with my natural interest in the structure of spoken and written languages.
Here's my confession: I am totally overwhelmed by all of the resources.
Don't get me wrong: I'm happy that there is such a vibrant community of self-taught developers, and that there are so many places I can go to get help. But there's also just so much stuff! There are like, 10000+ articles, threads, posts, feeds, video lessons, etc. that I could read every day, and half of them seem to assume knowledge of concepts I only have the vaguest idea about.
So, I guess my big question to all you self-taught devs out there is, how do you handle this? I wonder if I should devote myself entirely to pushing through FCC, then start looking more at articles, podcasts, etc. It's also possible that I could pay for something like a bootcamp or an online certification program, just to give me some structure. But that then begs the question of which program to join and how much $$$ to pay. (Hint: the closer to 0, the better!)
I know there isn't a magical straight path that will automatically show me everything I need to do (like the quest arrow in Skyrim) to get a job doing web development. But I have to imagine that I'm not the first person to start on this career and have a "holy crap I'm so in over my head" moment. (At least I hope I'm not!)
I'd love to hear how others have navigated this early point!