Job hunt and living arrangements

A break from the FED series, but still related. Just writing a quick post to sort out my thoughts.

One cool alternative that combines major benefits from all of my previous options is to get an entry-level front end development job. This would allow me to:

  • Get paid, even if less than I am now
  • Learn the applicable skills quickly
  • Get professional work experience rather than personal project experience
  • Meet new people in the industry (a benefit that the other options lack)

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Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 4

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This is a post I’ve been excited to write for a while. I’ve been researching the things I want to accomplish during my transition to becoming a front-end developer. This is only my initial set of goals; I will make adjustments as I progress. I also cannot make any comment on pace; I can’t make meaningful estimates about things I don’t know. It’s a long list of goals, and I probably won’t get to all of them very soon, but it’s important to write down all ideas so they can be organized together.

Meanwhile, right outside my apartment, this is happening: a parade, and, later, about 20,000 bar crawlers. I think I will stay inside… I’m such an exciting person, right? Continue reading “Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 4”

Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 3

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It’s not quite a diary any more, is it? Having a full-time job sure does put a damper on things. Deliberating over whether to abandon my current job it is even more of a drag. In this diary entry, I discuss the very non-technical aspects of leaving your current job to become a Front End Developer.

I did not expect that deciding to leave my employer would be so draining. Friends and family tell me that leaving a job without another lined up is a terrible idea, and I understand all too well. The safest route would be to keep working, no matter what. I understand their fears, truly–but I also see the potential prize if I take the risk, and they do not. I know there are lucrative positions out there for those who have the skills necessary to perform well. This knowledge does not dispel my fears. And so I am in the proverbial frying pan, afraid to stay in my position (because my career won’t advance), and afraid to leave (because money has a bad habit of disappearing faster than you expect).

This diary series is not nearly as glamorous as I thought it would be. Hopefully soon I can get to the glam biz of learning technologies, frameworks, libraries, tools, methodologies, and soft skills related to being a successful frond end web developer. Instead, I find myself dealing with the difficult, dirty, serious and necessary business of making potentially life-altering decisions. Continue reading “Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 3”

Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 2

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Friday and Saturday were filled mostly with things that support my development work, but are not development itself. Very important stuff, but still leaves me feeling unproductive despite the number of things accomplished.

First, a brief philosophical foray. Why am I doing all this? Well, it’s MMM‘s early retirement plan coupled with one of my own ideas: regular sabbaticals. Continue reading “Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 2”

Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 1

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Wow, this is only the first day of this diary series and already things are moving so quickly. Let me quickly write up the three things that are the highlights of the day.

1. I have started writing an app!

A simple app for practicing memorization, recall, and touch typing at the same time

via yptrumpet/MemoryTyping.

It does what it says on the tin. Continue reading “Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 1”

Becoming a Front End Developer – Diary 0

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I’ve wanted to transition from a Java developer to a front-end web developer for a while. The front-end is exciting (new technologies!) and demanding (there’s simply no way to fake work: your code is either changing things on the page, or it’s not), and thus perfect for me.

Well, it is happening. I am becoming a front-end web developer. I am not going to give up on this. And, though I am not well-prepared for that sort of work, I will not give up or wait. I’m going to start now.

This diary series will serve as a place where I can record what I am learning each day that I put in any significant amount of effort into learning the skills and information necessary for making that transition. I hope it will serve as a good record of my hard work and intention, and maybe serve as encouragement for others who are trying to make the jump, too.

Well, what am I waiting for? The clock is ticking. Let’s get started.