Launch your web development career

(without formal education, expensive bootcamps, or professional experience)

Learning web development on your own is hard.

I'm Ken. I help struggling self-taught developers launch their careers by following step by step learning paths, mastering soft skills like communication, and building a stellar portfolio.

The educational resources are endless, but what should you learn? In what order?

There are two big challenges faced by every self-taught developer:

  1. What should I learn, in what order?
  2. How do I effectiely demonstrate by knowledge in order to get my first job?

When every job requires some level of experience, how can you demonstrate that experience without a job?

There are a few key things you need to do:

Learn the right things

One of the hardest parts of teaching yourself web development, rather than going to school or bootcamp, is figuring out exactly what to learn.

There are so many frameworks, concepts, and skills to learn and can feel impossible to sort through them and figure out what is worth learning and what isn't.

Learn the right way

It can be very tempting to follow along with a video course and build the sample app, and then feel like you know what you are doing when you're done.

But if you've ever tried to build something on your own from scratch after that, and felt completely lost and stuck almost immediately, you know why that's not a great approach.

Instead, it's much better to use tutorials and courses as inspiration and practice, but adding on developing your own sites and apps as your real practice.

Learn soft skills

One crucial step self-taught developers tend to ignore is learning the soft skills necessary to be a great developer. This includes things like:

  • Communication
  • Collaborating with others
  • Productivity and organization

Effective communication is the most important of these.

You need to be able to effectively communicate how you work and why you make certain decisions.

A great way to learn to be an effective communicator is to start your own blog and start writing about your projects.

Meet people

Start introducing yourself to people in the industry and in your area.

Right now.

Before you feel ready.

Introduce yourself and tell them you are working on learning web development.

Offer to buy them coffee and ask to chat for a half hour.

Just start getting as many quality connections as possible.

It will most likely feel awkward and scary. Do it anyway.

The path of a self-taught web developer is not an easy one, but it is extremely rewarding, and more than doable if you are consistent with your progress, and dedicated enough to stick through the tough points.

A step by step path to follow

Back in 2014, I got my first job as a developer when I had no education and no professional experience.

I'm currently learning how I can best help struggling self-taught developers launch their careers and I'd really love your feedback and input on how I can best help you.

This mailing list helps me communicate with that group of people. I'm also trying to start a business based on teaching others this stuff, and this is the first step towards that.

If you're a self-taught developer looking to launch your career, sign up for the mailing list. The first email you'll get is one from me asking how I can best help you.