I Switched To Web Development

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I'm Kofi Ramos. An aspiring web developer based in Accra, Ghana. I'm writing this during the world's Covid-19 crises. The title is called I switched. I switched from being a culinary cook to pursuing my long time dream of becoming a web developer.

Let me take you back a few years. I've always been interested in tech, as a young boy I got to play video games, i.e Mario, donkey Kong, ninja turtles. That's where my interest peaked when it comes to computers. Had one myself, donated by my dad's boss who got a new computer and was looking for a way to get rid of his old one. In case you're wondering, my dad is a good cook. His job was to cook and organize parties for expats hence my access to computer at a young age.

Fast forward, after high school. I decided not to go to university. I wasn't naturally gifted when it comes to intelligence nor was I really good with my hands or legs, but I could kick football or what the Americans call soccer. Life became tough as I didn't want to go to college because I knew my parents couldn't afford the bills, and also I believed in this mantra that you didn't need a college degree to be in tech. My parents tried and sacrificed a lot for me, they always got me a pc to play around with despite us having just enough to make us comfortable. That's when I started learning how to code.

I started with html/css. This was the time when online coding websites started gaining the recognition, think of code academy and the rest. After basic html and css, I picked up php and started building websites for few friends, and friends of friends. That wasn't enough to get me a paying job in tech in Ghana because the tech scene was still young. Stayed home for about 2 years and decided to look for other alternative for income.

My uncle who was also a chef, gave me a few months of training which ended up getting me my first every paying gig. I was going to become a cook/cleaner for a family of 2, occasionally 3 on summer holidays. I was there from 2014 till 2020 before lockdown in Ghana. While there I continued learning and building website for a few people. I picked up basic laravel, WordPress and node. I was grateful for having an income but I still held to my dream of switching.

I switched!! I switched when the lockdown for covid 19 was about to be imposed in April 2020. My guts told me this is the right time to switch if I ever wanted to pursue my dream. I won't lie! Its been tough and I keep second guessing myself. I took a month to study with an accountability partner. The support of family and friends keep me going. It's been 2 months since I switched. I'm currently interning at an agency. Imposter syndrome still in the corner, I'm not super talented or super gifted. I still struggle with basic stuff and this few weeks as an intern has exposed that, but I'm determined to improve myself and become a better developer.

I've decided to start blogging to keep up with my growth. I'm always on the lookout for help when it comes to coding. My interests are in laravel and I really want to get started with Javascript and vue Js. Thanks for reading and I'm always available to bounce ideas. My latest project is found at www.edwuma.work and currently interning at www.TeamAlfy.com.

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I'm trying to understand the picture here. These zones shouldn't really overlap, right? The way the do, though, means that the comfort zone is part of the fear zone, etc. Shouldn't these me mutually exclusive? πŸ€” Or am I misunderstanding something here?


You already know this info graph, it's an old picture you probably would have come across it on social media.
Just relax cut some air to the kid. It could be his first post.

I have seen similar ones, but this one was new to me, hence my request for clarification.

Can we please not call each other "kid"? I find that pretty condescending. We are all here to learn and contribute. Thank you for your understanding. πŸ™

It could be your first comment, if you're trying to be rude, vulgar and disrespectful.

You don't know anyone personally in this thread and non of us can be considered as a "kid" to you.

I hope you will think twice next time before writing an idiotic comment. I understand it's hard for you to write any valuable thing, but give it a try.

Yikes. I thought "Cut the kid some slack" was idiom. As an old hermit me thinks there be many linguistic land mines to avoid here.
Heck, I treat all minors as having equal value and rights and avoid "talking down" to them.
Lol... I could be in trouble here....... sport?
(Note that "sport" is also condescending.)
(OT: Am I auto-liking my own comments?)

It all depends when and with whom you are joking or sharing idioms or something else.

You are still wrong if your jokes and idioms are out of place.

If I don't know you personally, I'll never talk to you with "many linguistic land mines".

I am confused about that last paragraph but assume you meant you would err on the side of caution.
None-the-less I think you kind of did in a indirect sense.
Was that not a little "over the top" given the offense?
"I hope you will think twice next time before writing an idiotic comment. I understand it's hard for you to write any valuable thing, but give it a try."
Yikes. Frankly I find that to be a double standard.

Oh, let me fix it...
"If I don't know you personally, I'll never talk to you with many linguistic land mines unless you don't write a comment regarding me that I can easily interpret as rude, vulgar or disrespectful, regardless is it an idiom or quote or patter or something else."

Ahhh. As the OP you were greatly offened by being referred to as "kid" and possibly new.
That's reasonable I guess.

I like the way you're analyzing the situation, lol.

I literally can't help it Senik. I appologize for "brain picking" you.


I'm not sure if my interpretation of this image is accurate, but I think it signifies that - the one in the comfort zone and the one in the fear zone, as well as the ones in the learning and growth zones, are one and the same. It's just that when you move from the comfort zone to the other zones, you don't necessarily shed your personality and core character traits completely. Both are you, but the one in the fear zone is a better version of you from the comfort zone. Similarly, the one in the learning zone is a better version of you from the fear zone.

Maybe that's why the circles are not mutually exclusive. Since even when you improve, you are still the same person, just more refined and better than your previous self.

Yep, that interpretation works for me πŸ‘


It's not a mathematical venn diagram. It's just an analogy that will break down under too much scrutiny like any model.


You reach the fear zone every time you get out of your comfort zone. That's why a lot of people don't want to leave it.

Breaking the fear zone will bring you to learning and growth.

Yes, that's clear. But why is the comfort zone INSIDE the fear zone (same with the rest of the zones). They shouldn't overlap in my interpretation.

I think that the circle describes the way you grow, and different states of your growth are described and marked differently.

So, there are no circles in circles. There is just one circle with different states.

Sorry, if I couldn't express my thoughts clearly in English :)

Though, I understand what you are saying.

No need to ever be sorry for trying in another language!

Thanks, now that explanation makes sense. πŸ‘

Hi again Sebastian. I often use inversion and reversal of polarity as an analysis tool. It's quite rare to try this trick with a diagram and a bit hard to explain.
I would first have to replace "fear" with "anxiety" (dissonance).
Having done that I see a coherent result if growth is this smallest enclosed circle, followed by learning, dissonance and comfort.
Does that make sense?


Congratulations on taking a leap and following your dream! Don't get too caught up with that you don't know all the current technologies and such, everyone was once a beginner.

I'll be following you here on Dev and look forward to watching your journey.

Take care!


"everyone was once a beginner"

You can say that again. I've been at this for 36 years, 32 professionally, and often still feel like a beginner. Software development is a very dynamic field and there's always something new, often requiring a mind shift.


Thanks Mikael! I appreciate it!


Good luck. I switched 2.5years ago and I have been very happy.
If you need help even if its just to bound ideas or talk about the life as a developer calendly.com/hcmlopes/coding-session
If the times don't work out for you send me a message and I'll do what I can to help you out


Thank you. Will definitely reach out


Whenever you feel stuck and start thinking this isn't for me I can't go any further, take a look back. And you will wonder how far you have come.
Good luck


We at the agency teamAlfy.com are proud of you and we think you are off to a great start!

All the best
Your Boss

You have time to blog??🀭


Amazing Kofi! Same story for me; on the path to switch to tech been in the travel industry for 7years. Go for it. I’m amazed how the tech community is always ready to help, more reasons to believe we on the right path! πŸ€žπŸΎπŸ˜ƒ


Hey brother
I also love to do web development stuffs but i cannot stick with it
Actually when i jad done some works on web designing I've reached to JavaScript like basic JavaScript but in this stage i left it then i turn my work into photoshop stuffs to learn it but then i had not completed it just learned and the did not practiced it what should i do?


A long time ago I started down the same career path because of my love of video games. My career hasn't gotten me anywhere close to that but I still enjoy what I do on a daily basis.

As long as you enjoy what you do you will go far. Good luck and keep on writing!


Same to me. I switched from a doctor into web dev right now after 10 years learning and working as anesthesiologist. Someone tell me I’m crazy but following your passion is always a right choose. Good lucky to me!! πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ


First of all, congratulations on switching to Web Development field and also congratulations on your first intern as a developer! yayyy
Video games were my reason to pursue developer path too, so I can relate your hype towards technologies.

Regarding your statement, "you didn't need a college degree to be in tech", as a student who studying IT major I would say yes tech welcome to every single person regardless their background! Those who pursue in tech have to work extra hard to learn any technologies they are interested in and make something that helps other people.

Laravel, Wordpress, Node, Javascript and VueJS are technologies that commonly used so if you are good at it, it makes you can land a job on more companies. Honing skill on that specific technologies will helps you in the future both for looking a new job or even making your own job!

Glad to hear that you started blogging, it will helps you a lot to understanding more the context you are trying to share with your audience. For example, you want to share how people without any experience
on Wordpress to use Wordpress. Before making the blog post, you will probably started to install wordpress, run and test it. If it's going well, you started to write every step you tried so that other people could try it too and ended up like you did. It will helps us a lot to understand more on things. So yeah, good luck on your blogging!

I am an IT student but really wanna to learn more about culinary cook but don't know should I switch or not because I love both technologies and food!
Thanks for sharing, Kofi!


Nice one , keep moving don't stop . I know is hard back in Africa but trust me you will enjoy your hardwork very soon, just keep encouraging yourself you will soon be good mentor for others in that region.


As others have said, it's never too late to change careers. I was in construction for 12 years then decided that game development was something I'd really like to try. It took a couple of years to get to where it would pay the bills but 10 years later my brother and I still have a game company.

Since you have an interest in video games, I would recommend trying out Unity (or similar all-in-one engines) as a hobby to sharpen your skills programming in general. The satisfaction of your coding efforts is immediate and fun. There is plenty of free first party and third party tutorials to get you started.

Good luck in your new career!


Impressive! Just stick to Laravel and other frameworks, Laravel is a great tool i can guarantee you that.


Hi, good work Kofi.
Am also a self taught developer in Accra.
Hope we can network to share ideas.


I've tried out a lot of beginner resources on JavaScript and by the far the best I've seen is Programming with P5.JS by the Coding Train, free on YouTube. Thanks for sharing your journey. Keep us posted on your progress!


Great job!! Keep going.
I have being learning on my own. It has being great so far. I hope to get a job in the near future. But this is not about me. But about you. Keep goin you can do it!!!


Hello Kofi, it's certainly nice to have seen your post suggested to me in Google discover. It's an amazing story and I'm glad you made the switch to follow your dream. I'm also from GH and I hope to read more of your posts. We can link up (Western Region at the moment though) and collaborate (Github - got Laravel and php works) if need be. All the best. It's not a smooth ride but it's definitely rewarding to be in tech.

Now I think I should share my path so far, well in another future post. Goodluck.


Sure that's sound great. Will be in touch


Very inspiring story. We have save interest. Laravel and vuejs. I think it's coll if we collaborate.


Fantastic, keep it up Kofi, keep us updated on your progress.


Thanks for sharing your story Kofi. Keep at it, practice makes perfect! And good luck on your journey


Hey man all the best! I'm currently trying to do the same thing, and it's been hard but this was some extra inspiration needed to keep going on. I'll keep track of your progress man, can't wait to see you be successful!


Fascinating story! Good luck buddy.


Excellent so happy for you. You'll find this profession an incredible personal journey with a lot of challenges but also fulfillment. Best luck!!


Good Lucky man !!
Never Is too late, right ?
From MΓ©xico I wish you the best.


I've tried out a lot of beginner resources on JavaScript and by far the best I've found is Programming with P5.JS by the Coding Train, available for free on YouTube. Keep us posted on your progress. Consistency is key for coding.


I also love websites.


HI Kofi! Very inspiring story! Can you give some advices to switchers? Where to begin? If i want to be a Full stack in the future. Start from basic of Front-end?


Hi Dima, You can take a look at roadmap.sh


Thanks a lot. Something like a Netlify?


Hi Kofi!

Congratulations on your internship, that is my goal too!

I wanted to let you know that you are not alone and that I feel the same way. Switching career paths is always scary because you feel that you do not know as much as someone who choose that path earlier on in their life and has been studying it for years.

However, we know what is meant for us and as long as we remain passionate we will continue to learn, evolve, and grow. We can not let doubt and fear stop us from being great. I will follow you, I plan to learn more Javascript as well and who knows, maybe we can build/ collaborate on something in the future.

Good luck!


Hello Kofi.
I'm Desmond from Ghana also, it's nice to see the determination you have. We can talk more if you wish.


Sure. Will really love that


Kindly reach out on twitter so we can talk more.


Koffi, congratulations for this perseverance, you will collection the fruits of all your efforts. Keep working hard!