Right know I am going through The Odin Project. About 3/4 done with it. I actually have a B.S. in IT, but want to move out of it and do Web Dev. I had this idea that I might be ready to start applying in 6 months, but I had a reality check after reading stories. My experience in IT is tier 1 help desk, so I’m thinking I dont really have a upper hand. I’ve seen people say it took them 2 years of self study to land a job.
Some of the motivating “I got a job in under 6 months” stories talk about cramming 6+ hours a day on top of full-time work. I just did that for 3 years in college and I am just tired. I need to take time to workout, socialize, and spend some time doing things I love like hiking and kayaking. Meaning I may be only willing to commit to 2-3 hours a day.
Then I hear stories of people who wake up at 6am and go to bed at midnight to cram in time developing. I read somewhere that people look for someone who is putting in the 6-10hours a day of self-study?!
Can I say I am spending 2-3 hours a day on this and expect to find work or do I need to sell my soul to this? Should I plan for this to take 2+ years to land a job?
If I self taught myself 2 hours a day, do you think finding work is reasonable? I am not trying to sound like I am not willing to put in the work, but I’ve lived that insane study to work lifestyle for so long and I want to find a better balance in my life.