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Coding career change

Discussion in 'Toke N Talk' started by mistermagoo, Oct 12, 2017.


    mistermagoo Well-Known Member

    Due to an permanent injury I am no longer able to continue my career of the past 15 years, I am, was , an Ironworker journeymen. Now looking for a new career path. I have only high school education. And training for construction.Because of my injury, the ability to work from home or mobile would be a major benefit. I'm not sure if going back to school is an affordable or even viable option at this point. Problem of course is I can't see a way to come close to what my average salary is. I was always decent with computers and learn fast , just haven't been up on my tech in years, let alone learn to code

    I have been looking into trying to learn all the basics and I am way overwhelmed with the amount of information, I had to step away. Can anyone recommend a starting point to get myself on track. Do you think that it is possible to attain jobs being self taught? Would like to hear the different career paths coding can lead me down, if anyone could just throw some info out to me that would be helpful, feeling overwhelmed , thanks a lot
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    Singlemalt Well-Known Member

    Are you on unemployment and have worker's comp claim? I ask because they usually have job counseling and entry level training connections.

    ChingOwn Well-Known Member



    see where it says "preferred skills" that means unless your resume is heavy with background in coding you don't get an interview..

    but if you know people you can get plugged in..you can learn C++ on the youtubes, or at college. starting over is not easy thats why some people grow and sell weed for a living.

    you will find that the stupid paper from a college is not that hard to receive once you start down that path, it also unlocks a lot of doors that would otherwise be closed to you.

    you could also say fuck that and do what you love.


    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat.
    found this earlier.

    No need to understand fancy frameworks and libraries. You won't have any advantage by knowing enterprise/server side scripting or coding. No need for college degree, no need for any certifications.
    Must have requirements:
    - HTML
    - CSS
    - AJAX (not using jquery)
    - PHP
    - MYSQL
    - Being able to code without a designer software (straight from notepad)
    - OOP concepts


    mistermagoo Well-Known Member

    Yes on unemployment etc, they have these mostly are very dated courses, finding entry level anything is becoming an issue.

    Doing what I love would be pretty great if I had a mobile job , I tell you that. Even willing to take a sizable pay cut, just to live simple, remote, but with an internet connection. Myuselessadvice lol

    Grand, where are you at with your self education , have you taught yourself all of the above you listed? Have you made a career change?
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    curious2garden Well-Known Member

    Take Computer Science 1 & 2 then data structures and find a job. They have to be taken sequentially thought but still those are your three money classes to coding. You won't be an engineer after that but you could be a coder and make enough connections to get a job, good luck.

    If you are young enough and can score high enough the military would not be a bad place to be. Also look at Pell and BEOG grants. Get an undergrad and it completely alters your options.

    mistermagoo Well-Known Member

    Thank you that's very helpful , this to me sounds like a stable move, take the three classes, at a local campus, try to get my foot in the door, and see if from there I can or need to further my education.
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    tyler.durden Well-Known Member

    Or you could learn to grow weed for a living. Depending on where you live, and how much space you have, it can be quite lucrative. You are on the planet's best growing resource right now, and we'll teach you for free. I made that move from the corporate world to growing years ago, and easily make a six figure income from home with very little space. Just putting it out there, good luck...
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    dannyboy602 Well-Known Member

    I am a devoted student of youtube. You can teach yourself almost anything off of the web these days. Try it for a month. Be disciplined. See if you can't learn how to do it without going into debt.
    Also, the way the disability laws are written, if you are injured and can't do the work you're trained/used to do, you have a legitimate claim. Think about it.

    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for cheat notes during the testing! I'm familiar with them except for AJAX (without the jquery) and OOP concepts. I did spend a LOT time learning flash, lol.

    I've built a few sites but I need a sales team along the lines of Go Daddy.
    Marketing classes are in my future.
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    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

    For a complete beginner, I'd start with HTML. https://www.w3schools.com/html/ is a great place to learn the basics of web development.

    It's then a natural progression to CSS, PHP or Javascript, SQL, and then object-oriented programming using industry standard UML.

    WeedFreak78 Well-Known Member

    Lol. I watch a few of the shows where professionals come in to help people with their home, auto, etc. projects that they've got in over their heads on. A common phrase heard is "I watched some YouTube videos and it didn't look that hard" as whatever they were working on is only partially done, and usually very poorly. Also need to be careful because there's too many people making videos that don't know WTF they're doing.

    dannyboy602 Well-Known Member

    No doubt. I wouldn't rewire my house or do a lobotomy but for many simple things and mb even basic coding it might be a good way to introduce op to a new line of work.
    I literally watched a Portugese painter do a painting and found I broke some barriers bc of that vid.

    curious2garden Well-Known Member

    Hmmm 15/hr, no remote and provide a picture, not your example code portfolio you wrote? That's sort of weird.
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    cannabineer Ursus marijanus

    There is an order here. First do the lobotomy (with yourself as willing test subject), THEN rewire the house.
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    curious2garden Well-Known Member

    I dunno, no guts, no glory
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