Thank you all once again for taking time to answer! I would like to reply you all personally, but I’m extremely strapped for time this week, so I will just address couple questions quickly, but I really appreciate all your stories and I can’t even put it to words how inspiring they have been
Regarding what I really want to do - I am more drawn to website and web and mobile app development. Development more than the design itself part, although I have a BA in architecture, so art and design are not foreign to me. And when it comes to mobile apps, then android not iPhone. So far I have had no experience with back end development, so I can’t say for sure yet which end I prefer
You are right, I don’t find hardware exciting at all, I just worry that even when you apply for a software related job, many employers seem to expect you to also be a hardware expert, or at least will give the position to a candidate that also knows hardware well.
The thing is I live in a small town, there are almost no programming jobs here. Even for the nearest cities I would have to commute minimum 2 hours a day and the only few jobs I saw that were available had a long list of requirements, mostly demanding a computer science degree, 2+ years professional experience in the same field even for an intern or apprentice positions and a looooong list of programs some of which I had never even heard of.
It looks like my only chance would be to go the online only job route.
@geekysmurf - Thank you for the suggestion, I signed up for the course you recommended. I think actually someone might have recommended that course to me a long time ago, but it was $200 then and I couldn’t afford it. It’s 95% off at the moment and only $10, so it was pretty much a no-brainer I looked at some of the beginning intro videos and it looks really good, I’m excited
I just wanted to ask you - after you took the course, how did you find your first projects? Did you have to go and work in a local company? Did you start your own online company? Did you go to a website to find projects? I’m a little lost on how to get started. I thought about going to some local mom and pops companies and offer to fix their shitty websites for free in order to get experience and build up portfolio.