This post is a bit long, so I wrote a TLDR at the bottom. I’ve been learning how to code since late last year with the aim to get a full time job as a Front End Developer here in the UK.
The problem is I feel like I’ve not made any real progression since I started. I’ve built projects such as a News API, OOP Booklist Project and at least 3 Websites using HTML, CSS, JS and SASS, but none of them stand out. I used the portfolio design from Traversy Media’s SASS Project as my portfolio, as I didn’t feel confident in my initial portfolio design. The designs for a few of my projects aren’t anything special, but I feel that with more and more practice I’ll definitely become more confident wiith creating designs. I also dont know whether I should be focusing on my personal projects or projects that will get me hired. I’d also like to know what kind of projects employers are looking for.
I’m confident in my soft skills. It may just be me overthinking and over analysing things but I feel like the last few months have just passed me by and it’s kind of depressing.
I’m looking to add Webpack, Node.js, Express and React to my current skillset as well.
Please be brutally honest if possible. I’m not giving up and I know that this is the career I want to be in. I’m looking to start freelancing soon and building websites for local business, but I’m not sure if I need to gain more skills before I do so. Apologies if this post does not meet the rules or if it seems incoherent. Thank you in advance, your advice is greatly appreciated.
For reference, the resources I am currently using:
Advanced CSS and SASS (Udemy)
Problem #1: I dont have confidence in my projects and I’m not sure if I’m spending my time wisely by building the right projects.
Problem #2: I’ve spent so much time focusing on trying to master Vanilla JS that I feel I should have moved onto a JS framework/library. I get overwhelmed when trying to start an advanced project.