I got that 'modern' dev job after years as a wordpress dev!

I wanted to reply to my original post, but it has been closed, so I’ve had to start a new one. (just edited as I pressed ‘submit’ too soon).

In short, I did it! 9 months after writing the post, I started a full time remote job as a PHP developer. It’s been a slightly stressful path (mostly cause of the freelance stuff and my time management in that area) but now I feel like things are calming down.

So, I kept on studying, I took on a project which involved a React front end with a Django API backend. I only did it that way as originally I was supposed to just do the backend and another developer do the frontend but I ended up doing it all. I had to learn React very quickly. It’s so hard! (anyone else trying to get their head round React - it’s harder than anything else I’ve learned during my journey). But the whole thing gave me valuable experience in APIs and MVC apps (or whatever you call Django). I started using Git and Github to save my daily work to get some practice in with that.

I had vaguely applied for a few jobs (uploaded my CV a few places) and started getting calls from recruiters. The two most memorable conversations were one who asked me some Javascript questions like “What’s the difference between call and bind”. I couldn’t tell him, and he hung up pretty quickly. That left me pretty demoralised… But then another call a day later for this PHP job, spoke to the tech lead, we got on well and I think he could hear my enthusiasm. Did a tech test, had another call, got offered the job! The start was pretty stressful as I felt like a bit of an imposter, and had to bush up on my PHP, but now it’s going great and I’m really enjoying it!

Thanks to @willjw3 , @dannycodes , @DanCouper , @shaxbeard and @johnnyboygomez for your input on my original post. And good luck to everyone else on their journey!

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Great to hear. No looking back now.
Congrats.

Great news! I’m glad you didn’t have to take my advice about finding a hybrid React/Wordpress position in the end.

I had the reverse experience from you - I was brought in to do a front end in React (and MobX and MaterialUI), but the Full Stack developer who was supposed to do the back end got a new job, and I just said “I’ll have a go at the back end tickets” (Express and MySQL). It’s been painful, but I also feel like I’m getting paid to learn by building a real project so what’s better than that?