If you want to learn how to use a Big Goal to propel you forward into your new career, watch the first video in the roadmap. After that, you should learn HTML and CSS which I covered in the previous roadmap video.
The two courses I recommend if you like learning from books and written tutorials:
If you’re more into video:
Other links mentioned in the video (mostly in order of mention):
- React for Beginners
- 10 Web Development Project Ideas
- Learn Node
- Free Node course with the terrible name
Other Videos In this Series
If you like this video, watch the others in the series for a good overview of the philosophy I used to break into web development with no connections or experience.
- Step 1: Set Your Big Goal
- Step 2: Learn HTML and CSS
- Step 4: Learn Terminal, Git, and Deployment
- Step 5: Relationships Are Make or Break
- Step 6: Time to Get Paid!
His courses are just really fun to watch. They’re easy to listen to and work through, and the projects he gives you to work on are nice looking and a lot of fun to do. I always like to point out free resources because I know those are going to be accessible to everyone, but I firmly believe that if you’re wanting to make a change, it’s okay to invest in yourself and pay some money for a resource that may work better for you.
It’s going to work best if you come up with your own project because that will make you excited about it and you’re more likely to see it through, but if you’re having trouble with inspiration, I will link you to my own list of 10 web development projects that can give you a little push. If you want to just grab one of those and run with it, that’s fine. If you want to tweak it, that’s fine. If you just use it as inspiration and come up with something new, that’s also great.
Once you’ve completed whatever Node course you decide to look at, loop back around and do your independent project, you can either augment an application you’ve already been working on to add some functionality you couldn’t add before with only frontend code or you may want to come up with a completely new project that utilizes your new NodeJS skills.
Whatever you do, keep it small. This is not the time to go build your Facebook killer. This is the time to build a small project, get a quick win, and apply those skills you’ve learned.
Next up in the roadmap, we’re going to talk about how to get actual paying work doing this stuff you’ve just learned. Here’s a secret that not a lot of people know. You don’t need to be a master or an expert, whatever those even mean to go out and start getting work doing this stuff. You just need to know enough to solve a problem for the company that’s paying you. Subscribe to be sure you don’t miss that next step, and I will see you next time.
Here’s what you should do next:
- Start a project to put what you’re learning into practice, or incorporate what you’re learning into a project you’re already working on.