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Becoming a freelancer, making your own hours as your own boss, all while earning a high paying and comfortable salary while working in tech sounds awesome. Not only does it sound awesome but it is also a very real reality for many freelance developers. The big question that everyone interested in coding asks is, ?How long does it take to learn how to code??.
The great thing about deciding to work in tech is that you get to choose which tech role you want to pursue based off of the type of lifestyle you want to create for yourself. So depending on which way you choose to go can highly influence the amount of time it will take to get there.
What we want to anyone who is interested in coding to understand most of all is that learning to code is not about how many hours you put in. It all depends on your passion, willpower, and an end goal that will determine how fast your grab on to the fundamentals. If your purpose for learning how to code is to earn a high salary and I can just about guarantee you that your motivation will dwindle quite quickly.
A really awesome and down to earth perspective from CTO and co founder of FireHose, Ken Mazaika ?There isn?t going to be this one point in time where everything fundamentally changes and you?re a fundamentally different programmer?The fact of the matter is you shouldn?t be counting the hours and you shouldn?t be expecting that at one point in time you?re going to be a fundamentally different developer. If you want to be able to contribute to a startup you?re going to have to learn every single day that you?re in the office. And there?s not going to be this magical moment where you feel ?Oh my God. Everything has changed.?
What many beginners don?t understand is that learning to code is an ongoing process that will continue while you?re on the job. Many well experienced senior developers will honestly tell you that they still have so much to learn. And while this truth may seem daunting it should actually be encouraging. When you walk into your first coding lesson with not only clearly defined goals but also a continuous learning mindset you will be able to push through any obstacle.The first step to learning how to code is becoming a Junior Developer. One of the best places to start your journey to becoming a junior developer is through a coding bootcamp where you?ll learn with others who are on the same level as you all the current and marketable tech skills you need in a short period of time. It is here you will develop your coding fundamentals and base that you will build off of. Whether through your own freelance projects or through your first job at a startup this is where you will really learn and grow your coding skills. The amount of time it takes to develop a solid base in coding depends on which language you are learning and the amount of time you put into learning and practicing code. Those who have a true passion and purpose for coding normally take about 3 months to learn before starting real life projects with clients. It?s important to note that the world of coding is a constantly evolving industry and keeping up with industry changes and updates is key. Interested in more info?
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