Long time lurker of IH, Product Hunt and other places where makers meet.... and finally I'm engaging, this time to ask a very important question (for me, of course).
I have a career in digital marketing, a promising and rising one. I'm honestly satisfied with my current job yet, for many years, I have felt that there's something missing. Also, for many years, I have been incredibly interested in learning how to code.
However, I have failed in every single attempt.
Previously, I started studying on myself with an unpassionate yet common goal: get into a high-paying career.
In the last few months, my personal life has dramatically changed and I'm seeing things from a different perspective. I had always shown an entrepreneurial spirit and have been involved with different businesses since I was 15.
Nonetheless, in the search for a more stable life (I had to flee from Venezuela by myself, leaving friends and family, now living in Spain), I took the path of getting a "secure" job (no job is ever secure in this world but still) at a fantastic company.
But there is a decisive, confident voice in my head that keeps telling me, basically on-repeat, that I need to create things, that I need to learn how to code and build things. So, there is a growing unsatisfaction in what I do, which is just marketing.
So that's it: I decided to learn how to code (on my own, like everything I have learned so far professionally). I will continue to work in marketing and I don't expect to learn to code on a professional level in the short term. No, I expect this process to take a few years of hard work.
Slowly but certainly. I'm just 24 years old, so I'm aware that I have time to do things properly.
Now, knowing that I'll continue my career in marketing until I can probably do the switch, how would you do this? Which learning path would you take? What are your thoughts on freeCodeCamp?
I'm highly interested in building apps but also fascinated by beautifully-designed websites and apps. Don't know yet if going front-end or back-end but the goal is to properly build software that serves a purpose, that solves problems that are constantly popping up in my mind.
I know that this is a long post and I'm not sorry about it. Honestly, I'm excited and wanted to hear from you, the makers that inspire me daily.
Thank you for everything ✌️