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Career in Web Development

Let me start by introducing myself. Hi I’m Pamela, a 32 year-old, full time, Front End Web Developer. Less than a year ago, I had no idea that I was about to start a new career path in Web Development. Given my background, my intense interest in technology is completely unexpected.

Out of necessity, I decided to switch careers drastically. I went from being a Holistic Health Counselor and Private Yoga Instructor to a Web Developer almost overnight. This decision was based on a number of factors. One of the most important factors being I wanted a career that I could pick up and move with me no matter what state or country I decide to go to. This decision was made right after moving from San Diego to Las Vegas. I realized that all of the sweat and hard work that I put into building my private practice over the last few years was lost when I moved. My clients could not come with me.

My boyfriend has been a Web Developer for about 15 years and we started discussing what careers would allow us both to take extended vacations while still making income or allow us to potentially live abroad while still making income. Since he's already a rock star at Developing and Designing websites, I decided I would take a stab at Web Development and see how it goes. Fast forward to now and I'm loving every minute of it.

I am super excited about the future (and the fact that when I move again all my hard work in networking and referrals will move with me). The funny thing is before I started this career; I really didn't use my computer all that often.  Sure I checked my email a few times a day - but usually from my phone.  Now my computer is attached to my hip.

My point in telling you all of this is to inspire you! If you want to get into this field, just start and don’t give up. I think that’s the key to learning or acquiring any skill. If you want it bad enough you will keep working hard until eventually one day it just sticks. I have used a number of learn to code websites for a variety of different programming languages. Here are the websites that helped me the most: 

www.codecademy.com

www.teamtreehouse.com

www.learnable.com

www.dash.generalassemb.ly

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