I hope this is topic is appropriately placed, I am seeking advice regarding being a self-taught programmer and finding a job (apprenticeship in my case). I apologise for the long post but I would very much appreciate some opinions on my situation and answers to my enquiry after explaining myself to a good extent, even if I do stray off target I just want to give as much detail as I can in hopes of receiving the best advice for my situation.
Despite this, in my apprenticeships where I was working on big projects for the first time I would see the MVC layout, all kinds of different plugins and services and APIs being used that I hadn’t come across before in my development projects. I was able to catch up and learn these new aspects of programming, however my concern is that the only way I knew what I had to learn was through looking at these projects and asking questions for all kinds of little bits of code (specific to their code rather than google-able stuff) that I hadn’t seen before - and so I am not able to do my own research now on the things I don’t know because, well, I don’t know what they are. I have spent my fair bit of time researching popular frameworks and improving my weaknesses, but I still feel unprepared for what I might come across next. In my first apprenticeship it was very much the case that I was clueless as to the company software code I was learning, and so the individual I was working with took me as rather clueless altogether with programming (which I took to be rather ignorant of him, as I had demonstrated clear understanding of a good amount of concepts yet he still would question my ability to move files into the right folders and if I knew what .txt files were), leaving me to the menial tasks and not giving me a chance.
Again, I apologise for the long post and for getting somewhat off point. My question is, to any self-taught developers, employees or freelance:
How did you learn programming to the extent you were able to learn the modern programming techniques used in businesses today?
To any self-taught freelance developers, how were you able to learn enough so as to be able to take on projects when you are told simply what needs to be made? I would love to be able to freelance but I feel I simply don’t have the knowledge base to be able to take a specification and have my mind produce how I could go about doing it, without spending hours scavenging the web for frameworks and functions that would be efficient for the project.
Thank you very much for anyone took the time to read this, any input would be greatly appreciated.
** I quit the first as I wasn’t able to learn in the environment, and the second I was fired (in my apprenticeship recruiter’s & own opinion) unfairly as a result of sick leave.