So I graduated from The Iron Yard

Demo Day came and went like a flash in the night. All of my hard work, stress, tears and fears are gone. No more homework, no more final project, and no more morning lectures.

Now I have to ask myself the question, “What do I do now?”

I’m sure everyone out there has the clear answer, “Why you look for a job!”, but when you are trying to make a career change that answer doesn’t quite feel right just yet. I still feel like there is so much to learn, until The Iron Yard I had never made a website, I had used WordPress for a personal blog and to start a portfolio for when I was applying to jobs as a Project Coordinator, but other than that this is all still so new to me.

Even as a Junior Designer/Developer don’t employers expect me to know responsive design, SEO strategies, or how about SASS, PHP, etc? I want to jump into tutorials and start building my portfolio, but determining where to start and what is the most important to know is overwhelming when you have to do it on your own.

So here I sit as a recent graduate, I am reading blogs, trying to find tutorials, and looking for the next step. I always knew there would be things to learn after The Iron Yard, I think I had just been hopeful that I would have felt like I had more, I want to say direction but that doesn’t feel strong enough.

I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I have landed in this new world with no idea where to go next. Unfortunately for me I have no yellow brick road to follow, I must lay the bricks on my own so I guess I will do what I do best… It’s time to think back to a time I had to lay my own stairs with no knowledge, it’s time to hit the internet, Youtube, and any other source of information I can get. Now comes the part where it is all about taking it one step at a time.

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