Hey, all. I’m 40 years old and hate my job (automotive tech). I want to change careers, but I don’t have a lot of money thanks to all the crazy stuff that’s been happening in the world lately.
I’ve read that data science is in high demand right now. But there’s also machine learning, data analysis, and of course web and software development and many other coding careers. I’m really not sure which one would be a good fit for me. I tried to get into Python 3 because it is supposed to be really popular, but I admittedly got frustrated with the Udemy course I was taking and put it on hold for a while. Tried studying for A+ so I could maybe get into IT, but I’m not convinced that would be much better than fixing cars. However, I’ve always been fascinated by programming. I just recently found FreeCodeCamp and I really like how the lessons are structured so far. Like many people, I learn by doing, and each lesson has you doing something yourself, instead of just watching a video and taking a quiz at the end.
The thing is, it seems like FCC wants you to start from the beginning of their curriculum and work straight through, but if each of the courses is 300 hours, it is seriously going to take a long time for me to get through the whole thing while working full-time. Compounding this is the fact that I’ve had ADD since I was a kid, and I’m really not very good at math. I don’t mind putting in the time to learn, I just want to make sure I’m going in the right direction first. For example, the first course is on HTML, but if I were to get into, say, data science, would knowing HTML really be that useful?
To be clear, I’m not giving up. I don’t care how long it takes, but I WILL get out of the industry I hate and find a position and company I can look forward to every day. I guess this is basically just me stopping to ask for directions!