Today is the first day of week 2 in my 12 week cohort at The Iron Yard. Last week was spent learning HTML and CSS which I’d had enough exposure to that I could recognize some of the syntax, but writing functional code was a struggle. I knew the pace of the course would be fast but I wasn’t expecting a panic attack on day 2. OK, it wasn’t quite that bad, but almost… and only DAY 2?! After some encouragement from my much wiser, patient, and kind wife, I put my head down and got to work. By the end of the week I had reproduced a functioning website from a static mockup image (style is not mine so no design critiques please — purely functional), personalized it with some of my info, and even added some responsive design elements. Given how I felt just a few days before, I felt a huge amount of relief and even some growing confidence handing in this assignment.
All this was on the heels of a conversation with a friend the prior week who is fresh from the corporate world. He was saying that .NET is the best way to go if you want to make money and he made a good case for it. In the end, I’m a family man and all this effort cannot be for naught so I was a bit sidetracked based on the stats he was coming up with (granted I’m pretty sure he was glancing WAY up to the right when recalling those stats). It made me question why I was doing Front-end. After all, I’m self taught when it comes to design. I’m just dangerous enough with Adobe to make some things happen. Should I just go upload my soul to big data and grind it out for a good paycheck? Fortunately, I sought the sage wisdom of another one of TIY’s finest, Gavin Stark. He first asked me “What are you passionate about? What comes natural to you?” and then he walked me through a few other things that lead me to these conclusions.
- I am a creative, it’s my craft. Whether it’s music, film, or a beautiful website. I like to make cool stuff that people enjoy and find useful. JS is behind most of that stuff.
- If your going to gamble your life savings, bet on your strengths (see point 1).
- At The Iron Yard their aim is not only to teach you a programming language so you can get a job but also to teach you how to learn the skills that you will need to be a lifelong learner in this industry.
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