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Mika Chiusiwa

When you were studying programming, do you remember how long on average you would study each week? 3 hours a day maybe? More? I'd really like to know the details.

My goal is to get a job in web dev(MERN stack or similar) after a year of study and I wanna get an idea for the amount of work I should be putting in.

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Rob Sherling Author

I honestly don't remember - but I think it was most of my free time, I think. I was studying to learn how to make games at first, so I had a lot of intrinsic motivation to learn things.

If you're a strongly motivated person, I've seen it take about 3-6 months on average of daily, productive study to go from 0 to landing a job.

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Mika Chiusiwa

Thanks so much for your answer Rob. On a different note I've finally entered Japan(1 week now) and although I will be teaching English......my dream is still to become a software engineer and I want to do it within 1 year. This is the curriculum I plan on following : theodinproject.com/paths/full-stac.... Its extremely project oriented and has a really helpful community.

I can communicate in Japanese well enough not to get completely stuck but I'm polishing my Japanese as much as I can and am currently trying to read technical material in Japanese.

Although I've said it before, I really appreciate all the information you put up here.

Wish me luck. Once I get my first job, you bet I'm gonna let you know because you've been an incredible inspiration!!! See you in a year, Rob.

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Rob Sherling Author • Edited on

Of course - keep me informed!

I did the odin project when I was switching to web dev. I learned ruby that way.

Let me know how it works for you, too!

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