Friday, October 4, 2019

Can you Learn Web Development in the 40s?

Yesterday, I was speaking to one of my friend who was not from the programming background but working as a teacher in a college of Engineering and Technology in the countryside of India. He just turned 40 and he is also the father of two wonderful kids. He has been teaching Maths to B.Tech students on a private engineer college for the last 15 years. He is earning Ok but he always wanted to explore the world and he now realizes that a Programming job can provide him that opportunity, so he contacted me to find out whether it's too late for a Programming career.  He is keen to learn Web development, particularly using latest technologies like Angular, React, Vue.js, and Node.js but he is worried that it might be just too late for him to become a Web developer or work in a software development company.

He was in a dilemma so he called me up for a discussion. I was thrilled to learn his desire and assured him that it's never too late, all you need is the passion to learn and dedication to achieve your goals. Many software companies don't mind what you have done in the past if you can show them that you have relevant skills for the job they are looking for.

Once he saw encouragement for me, his next question was, can he do programming as part-time to see if it fits him? like, whether he can actually do Coding or not? I know he was afraid of coding which is quite obvious because of his non-programming background and trying to minimize his risk, which is definitely not bad. Afterall he has a family to support.

Regarding the question, Yes, once you learn to Program, you can do a lot of online jobs picking from sites like Freelancer.com, Upwork.com or Fiverer.com which not only gives you the much-needed experience but also boost your confidence as a Programmer and Software developer.

He was excited with the opportunity to work online and part-time because this way he can not only gain some experience but also can earn some extra money to spend on his learning and skill upgrade.

But, questions never end and he asked me what should he learn to become a Web Developer?

Now that is something I cannot explain in one word but rather I told him to follow this 2019 Web Developer RoadMap and suggested him to start learning to code using JavaScript.

Yes, It's Never too late to learn Web Development/Programming


I also suggested him to join online courses like Colt Steel's The Web Developer Bootcamp to start with. This is a super-course which not only teach you all the thing you need to know for web development but also give you some hands-on experience by showing project-based development.

He is now in the second month of his learning and now have a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It's still some time for him to get some confidence in coding and Web Development, mainly because he doesn't have much time to spend but he is on the right path and I am sure he will reach his goal sooner than later.

If you are also on the same crossroad of whether it's too late to learn Web Development or Programming then don't get discouraged. You can do it on your favorites and even on the fifties, all you need is the right guidance and resource to succeed.

If you want to become a Web Developer, here are some of my recommended resources:

And if you like this article, I am always there to answer any of the questions you have with your career or programming in general.

P. S. - If you want to start your Programming career with some of the best free resources, then you can also check out this list of 21 Free Websites to Learn Programming to start with. It contains free websites to learn Programming languages like Python and JavaScript as well as some essential tools like Git and IDEs. 

1 comment :

Alex said...

Amazing work.

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