Today is my first day at FCC. After a few weeks of research, looking at everything from online colleges, to individual courses, to boot camps and everything in between - I finally decided to start my journey here.
I’m 35 and have a pretty decent job, but no passion for the work I do. I’ve always been interested in computers and like many people here, my real dream is to be a developer and build things that matter. But after just turning 35, it hit me that it’s now or never.
After listening to some interviews with Quincy on a few podcasts, I found it really inspiring that he himself didn’t learn to code until he was in his 30’s. And there’s plenty of YouTubers and people on other online forums I’ve seen with similar stories.
All that to say, I understand that FCC is designed to be a linear program. As such, I will be starting at the very beginning with the Responsive Web Design certification. No matter where I end up going in the development world, learning some front end I’m sure will be invaluable in whatever job I end up going for. But my real interest lies in the guts; the back end stuff. The framework, the databases, security…that sort of thing.
So my question is this: Should I really go through the entire program until I reach the Python and Data Science stuff, or is there a good point to where I can break off and explore the sections that truly interest me most? I know that I can jump around as much as I want, but I’m curious what people who’ve been in the program for a while think.
So what do you think? Stay the course? Jump around. Really just looking for some opinions here.
Also, it’s nice to meet everyone! I’ve heard great things about the FCC community and I can’t wait to be a part of it.