Never realized that this forum was here on codecademy…
Currently, my FTJ is based more around BI/data-analysis, operations, marketing and graphic design. I really want to make the move to developing on a full-time basis.
Links, to a few public-facing sites that I have developed, are at the end of this comment.
I’m not sure about full-stack, or if I even have enough knowledge to pursue that route. I enjoy solving problems. If I’m unsure of how to accomplish something, I will research and learn until I can figure a way to achieve the end result. I have no problem designing/developing from beginning to end.
I have not applied anywhere. Not even sure if I’m qualified to do so… kind of the reason I’m posting.
I desire to telecommute, and must be able earn > $75k annually to transition to this, but don’t know if my knowledge level is commensurate.
I like that the NSFW link is getting the most clicks!
A problem that I’d foresee here (and take this with a grain of salt, my guidance counselor days were several years ago) is that if you have only four projects to show me here. To demonstrate true passion about coding, it’s best to have a whole ream of projects, even if they aren’t for clients. Employers won’t care if your stopwatch app is no different than the 10,000 other stopwatch apps out there, what matters is that you made it and it demonstrates your skill & passion. If you’ve already been working with clients for development work and you have some examples to show, that’s a great start - do more of that, get more and more projects that you’ve done professionally for clients. That, to a large extent, makes you a professional developer in and of itself, and you should think & market yourself as such. For the places where you can’t share work, make sure you have good references to share.
There’s good posts on this topic if you search around the forums, but here are a few examples:
This whole thread
this whole thread
It won’t stop you from getting a job if you aren’t building projects for yourself on the side or if you don’t have more work to show to a prospective employer, but it will slow you down. As Oscar says (and I agree), if those projects you link to are all your own work… they’re great quality. They don’t necessarily demonstrate much back-end experience, so if you want to pursue that, you should keep building.
Throw everything up on your GitHub as you go, that’s very important. Consider making your own personal portfolio page like this, this, or this where you can populate it with your coding projects and information (particularly professional information) about yourself. If you want to focus on front-end, make it one of if not the best example of your front-end design work to be found anywhere. In any case, take pride in it.
i’m also a mid-career changer. my background is in Film Studies and Library & Information Science. i’ve combined these two areas in my work as a Media Library Coordinator for an entertainment corporation for the past 12 years. but i’ve turned my attention towards the tech industry over the past 2 years with the goal of landing a job with more flexibility and growth. i’m still not quite ready to interview for technical positions as my portfolio isn’t completed yet (and i’m still dealing with ways to combat impostor syndrome), so i’ve applied for mainly non-tech roles (Office Management, Customer Support, Community/Social Media positions, etc.), but to no avail just yet. it sounds like you are ready to make the leap, based on the sites you’ve shared. one day, i’ll be able to join you in that leap, too!