“What do I want to do longterm, as a career?”
This was something I asked myself quite often this past year when I was exploring career options. You see, prior to this my professional and work experience comprised of music business (managing a music venue/booking shows) , factory jobs, and retail. All fine, but none of which I wanted to pursue longterm. I looked into careers I felt like I would be good at and passionate about. After several months of feeling like I had exhausted my options, I started researching tech careers.
I reached out to a good friend of mine in Seattle who is a web developer to get an idea of what would look like to pick up and start a career in web developing. He was extremly encouraging and immediately supplied me with a number of incredible online resources on teaching yourself to code. I instantly signed up for a Treehouse account and began going through the “build a simple website” course. In that course you start off building a fictional website using basic HTML and CSS code.
After a few hours, Something beautiful happened. I fell in love with coding. Everything started making sense! I was suddenly taken back in time to the first time I learned how to play a chord on my guitar, and I said, “Wow, “I just created music!” That’s how I felt when I viewed what I built with my code.
After diving into the basics of building a web page with HTML and CSS, I was HOOKED. Something clicked inside of my brain, I said to myself “I can do this, this is what I have been looking for all along!” I wanted more, so I downloaded a text editor
, and started building a website of my own. I turned into a code junkie dreaming of CSS positioning and HTML lists. I feel like I have a good eye for design, so learning HTML + CSS has been incredibly fun for me.
I applied to Makersquare and got accepted! The program begins September 2nd. So here I am, in Seattle with my wife and 10 month old baby, working on Makersquare pre-work and planning a cross-country move from Seattle to Austin. My wife’s parents live in the Austin area, so it all works out perfectly.
So why do I want to be a web developer? I love building and creating. I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing what I create instantly. I believe I found a career that I am passionate about and I believe I can do well and will provide for my family. I also love the challenge of being a web developer. There is always something new to learn, everyday. I love that. The challenge creates diligence and persistence, and I want a job that will allow me to continue to grow as a creative thinker, a developer, and as a person.
I always assumed web development was something beyond what I could understand. I was wrong. The thing is, I believe we can teach ourselves practically anything that we want to learn. We need to be motivated and have a desire to learn. With passion and today’s resources, there is a lot out there we can learn.
So this is the beginning of something huge for me. I will update this blog regularly with what I am learning and building. I would also like to publicly say thank you to all my family + friends who have encouraged me to pursue a career in web developing. It’s a game-changer.