Finished Web Dev Path

Hey everyone,

So, I have been studying for about a year, with Codecademy and other resources. I have finished the web development path and have taken quite a liking to using Node Express.

However, I do not know where to go from here. I am not looking to be job ready for at least another year, but I don’t know how to continue.

I check job forums just to see what is demanded and I see PHP a lot. I feel terrible going back and starting from scratch again with PHP because I spent so much time learning things from CSS flexbox to Node Express.

Where should I go from here? And where should I go so that I can apply what I have learned in further studies?

I feel quite frustrated that after a year of studying, learning, looking up documentation, trying, failing and then succeeding to be in a spot where I don’t know how to continue.

I see a lot of: learn Wordpress and PHP. But, that won’t let me apply what I have learned already… If that is the path, I should I have started with the former and latter a year ago. Or maybe this is indeed what I should do now.

Any help would be great. I love coding and development, I want to switch careers into it next year, but I don’t know where to continue with my current knowledge.

Thank you!

Languages are just tools. It honestly doesn’t matter that much. The more you program, the easier it becomes to learn a new language. You will see many languages share similar concepts.

I would recommend you to build a website, doesn’t matter of the back-end of the website is in nodeJS or PHP, you should build stuff, fail, and learn from it :slight_smile: You will discover that getting projects to run is quite tricky and will teach you a lot.

Start simple (don’t know what you have done already), but give your website login functionality for example

Wordpress is a CMS, can be useful to learn, depends on your interest and goal.

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Thanks for the advice. I think, because I really like javascript and node express, I will go back to the React lessons and redo them. I did a MongoDB online course a mongo uni’s site, so it may be good to focus on React and focus on the MERN stack–as seeing as I grasp the node and mongo quickly. It’s tough reading online all the recommendations of what to learn–just too much to digest at one time.

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