Coding career reflection
Summary of my past
Over the last year, and counting, I’ve gotten the privilege to connect w/ my brother (who is a pretty talented and ahead of schedule, at 29, web dev) and really learn (daily) coding online. I was originally learning in college on and off back in 2017 w/ Python and I liked it but it never really stuck and built on itself. Meaning I learned something, then took a few days off, then maybe remembered the syntax and what it meant.
Since the second half of this year (August ish) that changed. I got really disciplined, hopped on Udemy daily on Colt Steels course (which I recommend btw) and learned through what my brother did. It’s been nice and changed a lot in my thinking about coding not only as a career but as a world that I could get into for different work. I liked building things and specifically, mobile apps and then (eventually) mobile games using Unity/C# after the web basics. That’s my goal.
Pathway to success & planning
Having said that, as we near the end of the calendar, I would like some advice from pros who have maybe been in my shoes before. Hopefully (especially since the pandemic began) there have been a few of you.
I know I’m learning to code because the Udemy course (much to the disagreement of many on this site whose help I’ve asked for lol) is really simple and step by step. Its what I needed which is a teacher/mentor in a self sustained daily setting. A lot has been cleared up about what I thought HTML/CSS and JS are and how they’re used and typed. Its been really nice to have the 1-2 hours a day break, and then re cap what I learned. But at this point (since roughly August) I’ve hit a wall on JS and am a little concerned. Not in a worried scared way heading into the new year, but just that I’m noticing that this lacks a class structure and mentor teacher weekly helping me. So I’ve been thinking/wondering if a good simple (shorter term, less than 24 weeks) bootcamp is worth considering because I’m just needing that structure and help in that way. I could be wrong I’m not sure. But I feel that’s where I’ve arrived. Also, my brother has of course been helpful and great but it isn’t a dedicated person who I can ask for real coding help. He’s full time remote six figure coder and just can’t commit time to me like I need.
So please let me know where you think I should go. Certificate? Back to school for a bachelors in IT? A bootcamp? I know much more than I did but I’m probably at the same place the bootcamp would be about a month into the course if I’m being honest.
I appreciate the thoughts and advice.