I started learning how to code back in 2018. I’ve been working with JS since just 2019.
Tech is the perfect intersection of logic and creativity. If you can dream something up then there are likely several ways of bringing your idea into existence. If you work with code then you get to solve puzzles every day. If you don’t work with code, you get to apply human-focused solutions to technical projects. It’s truly the most exciting field to be in, and the fact that frameworks go in and out of style is part of it. We’re all on a collective learning journey that can have you feeling on top of the world one day and defeated by an opaque error message the next.
What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?
Start with free resources. Try to build a clone of something you know or a website you use all the time. This will get you used to breaking down problems and understanding what goes into an application. Focus on vanilla JS before getting into a framework. Try to stick to a one-in-one-out rule when it comes to courses. It’s so easy to pile on more and more items on your ‘to learn’ pile but this pile will never end, so try to exercise patience and restraint.
What are the best resources that have helped you along the way?
FreeCodeCamp is brilliant. Codecademy is great and it keeps getting better. Those two are fantastic for having paths and set tracks for you to follow. If you’re interested in a good newsletter, Chris Fernandi’s Go Make Things is really great.
That “React” is the be all and end all. It’s great and was developed by some incredible minds, but if Wordle has taught us anything other than expanding our vocabulary, it’s that web components can be used remarkably well. Also that it’s all about the front end. Node has come on leaps and bounds in the past two years and there are some brilliant projects being made with Tensorflow.js.
What are your hopes for women in this career in the future?
That we continue to take up space and that diverse hiring practices become the norm. Diversity is good for business. Not just for its image, but diverse teams make better products. Let’s keep women in tech and grow representation throughout the org chart.