I’m a newbie, I’ve had basic instructions to html, css and JS before, but that’s about it. I would love to learn programming, but I feel very discouraged.
I’ve always been interested in programming. But I’m 48 now, so what’s the point? What finally got me over the edge was a high school friend who recently decided to go to law school. If he can do that, I can do this.
There just seems to be SO much to learn with html and JS already
That’s what makes it an in demand job. If it could be mastered in 3 weeks, it would be a minimum wage job. Consider it an investment.
…it seems to me that in order to get a programming job, the companies expect you to be overall IT genius as well - you know the one that fixes everyone’s computers, be it software or hardware issue, be able to figure out network issues with routers and so on.
It really depends on the job. There probably are jobs where you have to do all that AND fix the copier. But there are also jobs where all they want you to do is build web pages. And even within all that, there specializations. If you check the job boards at Craig’s List, Indeed, Linkedin, Stack Overflow, etc. you’ll find a wide range of jobs. Plus there is freelance work for people that just need a web page.
So please tell me- if I’m not a natural IT nerd (and trust me, I look up to them, it’s by no means an insult) that lives and breathes everything IT
I think that’s kind of a stereotype. Most of those guys are just normal guys that have a special skill set that they’ve learned. It isn’t their life, it’s their job. (Hopefully one they enjoy, but still a job.) And they weren’t born with those skills, they earned them.
I work and have kids and family, I don’t have unlimited time to learn everything about everything related to computers unfortunately.
Well, that makes it tough. That’s a decision you have to make for yourself. Me, I started this and found that it was kind of fun. I think you have to set a goal: 30 minutes a day? An hour? It will take a while obviously. You have to decide for yourself how bad you want it.
Ask yourself: Why do I want to be a programmer? Do I like my current job? Does it make me a good living? How much time am I willing to invest? Am I willing to do it every day for the next two years?
You need to have that conversation with yourself. And your wife.