In January of 2019 I began contemplating my plans for the future. I was now 37 years old and after spending 17 years in the military in Jamaica I was becoming tired of the routine and needed to move on.
Now moving onto another career in this part of the world is easier said that done, because unlike other parts of the world, Jamaica has a degree culture. Meaning that no matter how skilled you are both practically and theoretically, it is almost impossible to get a job, especially in a technical area without a degree.
After starting a degree in economics approximately 5 years earlier it fell through because of financial reasons. However, over that time my passion moved from economics to tech. So in August 2019 I enrolled at a local community college and began a degree in Management Information Systems. The first semester to me was tougher that basic military training, literally.
We were first introduced to C# and boy did I struggle with this especially the concept of arrays. I remember one day I sat and cried and asked myself what the hell was I getting myself into. But we had a lecturer who would continually reiterate to us, whenever we were not getting a concept, that it was normal and that we should relax. My acceptance and realization of his reasoning came home one Sunday morning while scrolling through YouTube videos.
I came upon a video by Gyasi Linje who was basically sharing his own struggles that he went through initially. From that moment my outlook changed and I began approaching every concept with more positivity. At the same time I started to understand that even professional programmers used Google and Stack Overflow.
However, at the end of that process it was apparent that I had rushed through and skipped a lot of the fundamentals. Nine months later I am slowly going through to ensure that I get a full understanding of JS and I am at a place now where I am lot more comfortable with it.
For the near future once I am comfortable that I have covered the fundamentals of JS I will move on to learning NodeJS and then ReactJS or VueJS.
I still have not made up my mind on what career path in IT I want to follow but for now I'm enjoying the journey.
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