It’s summer and if you went to a traditional school in the U.S., you spent the whole school year waiting for summer break. Then after 13 years of conditioning, you were thrown into a cold dark place, a reality of work life that required you to work 8 hour shifts and maybe 1-2 weeks of vacation. Or if you were fortunate enough to go to college, you got an additional 4 years to put off reality of a 9-5 life and still get summer unless you had a plan to finish college in three years like some and kept going to summer school. No matter what you chose, college life was still a nice break from reality because you weren’t stuck with classmates and teachers for longer than 16 weeks in most cases. Unlike the 9-5 which unless you take a temp job, a job asked for a life commitment of the same bosses and coworkers until one of you screamed ‘uncle’ with your arm twisted behind your back looking for the next big opportunity.
Or maybe you really like your job but there’s always that sick feeling you could always be replaced by someone with better credentials or cheaper labor or better yet, a machine.
That’s part of why I’m learning to code, so I have something more I can contribute to my job and I can have additional skills should I get that call to my local HR where they call you into a room and give you the big thank you for your service talk, but we have to let you go. Or a family or other situation could arise which may make life easier to work from home to help care for family. Or your spouse gets transferred, or, or, or.
Right now life is ok. I believe it’s best to be prepared and I’ve always wanted to learn more coding than I have gotten by with with simple WordPress websites and database work. Even when I’m not learning from a site or have no internet I listen to audio books, classes or get this, read a book! I love learning lots of things, but even if you’re not naturally curious you need to write down your motivations for learning to code so you can keep moving forward. Of course somedays I’m mentally beat so playing a game of Code Combat is always fun and challenging while still learning to code.
So, no excuses, keep learning to code!