How do I know if web development is right for me?

How do you know if you’re ready for a tech career change and if it’s right for you? A TechRepublic member is trying to figure this out and asking other members for help.

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You’ve worked hard to learn new skills in your tech field of interest, so you can change careers, however, you’re still filled with uncertainty – Am I really ready? This is what TechRepublic member hb1694 wonders, so they turned to the TechRepublic community to help them determine if they’re ready for a career in web development.

TechRepublic Member hb1694 writing, “I’ve been ‘coding’ for over two years now, and have yet to develop my own decent wallet.

I started learning the basics of HTML two years ago, with little to no prior knowledge or experience. I’ve been told that professional web developers don’t need a formal post-secondary education and many can land a job within months. I progressed over time and got familiar with CSS, Vanilla JS (ES5 and ES6), PHP and SQL.

However, I can say that right now I’m not even comfortable applying for a web development job. I think design and responsive design hold me back. I know about media queries and how to use them, but it’s all about making my web apps aesthetically pleasing. I don’t feel comfortable with my design skills. In addition, form validation and all these frameworks and libraries that exist complicate the task. I have difficulty reading the new documentation and adjusting to other people’s code.

What inspired and motivated me to pursue web development was a web application idea I had. I tried to build it, scrap it, start over, repeat. I still don’t quite know how to go about it.

I’m not those guys (like my friend) who started coding at 12. I started in my twenties and never grew up with it.

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