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Tips/Advice for self-taught programmer?

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To all you developers and programmers out there...

I've been grinding the last month teaching myself front-end web development . I've already covered the basics of HTML/CSS and have built several cool static web projects. I am actually moving on to my JavaScript course today. The reason I got into studying this stuff is because I have no desire to work in the finance world which is what I studied at college and have been thinking and looking for alternatives for quite a while now. I think the Life Purpose Course didn't necessarily directly show me that I want to become a developer but definitely helped me realize my values and strengths which ultimately lead me down a road of discovering this career path. Another reason is because I've always wanted to sort of have that digital nomad lifestyle in which I could travel and work in different parts of the world while earning a decent salary, and it seems that developer jobs are ideal for digital nomad type of life. 

I am asking if anyone has any tips for someone who is self-teaching. I start a part-time finance job next week so thankfully I will have tons of time to commit to studying and practicing. So far I've been doing anywhere between 25-45 hours a week. Is web development the right choice? What should I expect when it comes time to apply to jobs? How do I make myself stand out? Really any tips are appreciated. Leo I believe you were a self-taught game developer so if you happen to be reading this maybe you can give me a tip or 2 on what to expect or how to approach finding employment. 

Thanks.

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Nail down what type of work you want to do/what position you want to have and nail down your resume/skills in this direction, become an "ideal employee" or "ideal subcontractor" on paper by analyzing  what people want/really care about in this niches. It works extremely well both in searching for job or in freelance/agency business

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@Hello from Russia Thanks for the response. So as of right now, I've clearly established that I am going down the path of front-end development. Basically the path is simply HTML/CSS (which I've learned the fundamentals of), then JavaScript, then React all while building projects along the way to showcase in a portfolio to potential employers. You didn't mention that you are a programmer yourself in your response but I hope what I just said makes sense. Do you think this is an employable path? Should I get even more specific beyond specializing in a framework like React? If you yourself are not a developer you can just ignore my response.

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@GroovyGuru No, I am a designer, but carreer challenges/environment is very simillar.

Sounds like a nice direction. There is huge amount of stuff you can do with it though. Try to think not only about your tech/skill stack, but also (1) about what type of clients/industry you want to be working in and (2) what you actually want to be creating.

It is actually way more efficient to think of a niche/what you want to create first and then see what type of skills will you need to excel at it and what proof of expertise should look like

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