When I first started looking at changing careers, I took a good hard look at two things:
- The skills I had currently
- The skills companies were looking for in my area
When I compared the two, I found there was a gap in my tech skills.
Fortunately, I had a computer and access to the internet, and could find ways to learn what I needed without spending a dime.
I focused in on coding. It seems to be a buzzword nowadays showing up in everything from job listings to children’s toys.
I started with Codecademy’s Introduction to HTML.
Overall, I am quite happy with the program, although I have noticed a few issues.
|It could be totally free.||Projects and extras cost a lot.|
|It was well-paced.||You need a PC to access all of the functions|
|It was hands-on. There was maybe one paragraph of reading to every action||It’s a little dry. The first unit focuses on building a page about brown bears. I like bears and all, but…|
|It was useful. After the first unit, I am already adding new features to my blog.||The desktop app doesn’t allow copy/paste|
As someone who learns by doing, I found the structure and pacing of the units very helpful and approachable. I was essentially a novice when I first started, but was pleasantly surprised by how much I absorbed from just a few hours of course time.
There is an old adage that says “you get what you pay for,” but I think codecademy breaks with tradition by providing a free service that can actually add value to my life.