You know when I was a kid in school, I started playing with computers. I started to learn to program using BASIC when I was in high school. When I began college the computer science program I was in had me programming in C. Due to a nice (or not so nice) lack of strength in calculus, I changed career majors.
Now after teaching for over 20 years, I went to a training provided by http://code.org. I was thrilled to find a fun way to teach my students – I was teaching second grade at the time. My students LOVED being able to go on “Code.”
I am now spinning my wheels because I want to do more with programming. Time is an issue. I can learn via free programs, but I need the time to practice and develop on my own. I have built a couple simple websites for a friend. I would have to build more AND get paid, but then I try to figure out costs for freelancing, but when I look at sites like www.fivrr.com, the prices seem very low for what I would do, but then it is also hard for me to find the time I need to do what is in my mind to do.
I have also given thought to applying for semi-local, within driving distance, or remote programming jobs. Then I look at the requirements. So many of the jobs want you to have 3 to 5 years of experience or programming languages I haven’t had the time to learn yet.
Therefore, I sit and spin my wheels., trying to find the time to learn and practice to build experience, but also tied to continuing to work to survive. Then I don’t know which directions to go – freelance, job, practice, learn, etc.
At this point, all I will do is continue to learn, continue to teach, but yet never give up. Eventually, those wheels will quit spinning and will grab hold and go.
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