This is my 3rd attempt at getting through FCC and learning what I need to change to a career in web design/development. I have struggled in the past to keep going on this for a number of reasons I’ll outline below. I’m looking for advice from anyone who has an insight into my situation.
First, I’m nearly 37, married with two young children. I’m also the sole breadwinner in my household (I’m supporting my wife through full time university, she’s about to start her 2nd year), so I work full time in a sales job. My time is limited in what I can do - Im also about to start the 5th year of a 6 year Open University degree, which has included some web design (very basic HTML/CSS stuff and some basic algo/data structure/Python coding).
The reason I have been ‘toying’ with FCC is because I believe it will give me additional experience in web dev to go along with the degree I’ll be getting in 18 months/2 years time. It also allows me to practice with a goal attached.
Now, with all the above, it means that I don’t have a great deal of time to devote to doing FCC challenges. I am also struggling with motivation in the evenings when I do have time - tiredness, stress of the work day and feeling like everything is taking too long/I’m not learning quickly enough, is taking its toll on me a bit.
I often feel like although I know what I want to achieve, that perhaps I’m not capable of doing so, not good enough, young enough or bright enough to be successful at it. Part of me says that this is just fear of failing getting the best of me, or that I’m trying to do too much too soon, but I’m very aware of time passing by for me to get the kind of job I’d like to do, so I also feel like it’s now or never.
Does anyone have any advice they can give to help me with motivation and staying positive through it all? Perhaps there’s someone on here that’s local to me (Yorkshire, UK) that would be interested in collaborating on some challenges, learning the ropes etc?
Thanks in advance for any replies,