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Make it Happen with Andrew J Hughes
A series of guest interviews with aspiring developers to help beginners land their first gig.
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Introduction

Make it Happen is a series of guest interviews aimed to help and motivate aspiring developers when it comes to learning web development and landing their first job. Today, we have Andrew J Hughes from Louisville, KY.

Introduce yourself.

My name is Andrew Hughes and I am a 37-year-old aspiring web developer from Louisville, KY.

What's your backstory and how did you get into web development?

I discovered web development later in life. For the past 20+ years I have been fortunate to work as a professional stage and television actor. Coding was something I would fool around with every now and then but it wasn't until the pandemic that I decided I wanted to learn web development. With all Broadway theatres shutdown, I thought it was the perfect time to immerse myself in a new industry. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a coding bootcamp through the Code Louisville program in my hometown and I never looked back!

Whatโ€™s one thing you wish you had known when you began learning web development?

Commit everything! So much time and effort goes to waste when you don't utilize git or another SCM. Create a profile on Github and start documenting your work. You will you have examples to show potential employers some day and it's actually a great network to meet other developers!

Where are you right now in your web development journey? What's next?

I just completed the Front-end Web Developer program through Code Louisville where I focused on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Next month, I will start studying C# and .Net. I've been putting together a portfolio and hope to pick up some freelance work in the future. Ultimately, I would like to be a full-time front-end developer. I really enjoy taking other people's designs and making them a reality!

What are your goals for learning web development? Is it money, passion, a change in your lifestyle?

I love making things. I used to make art on the stage and now I'm learning to make digital art! And of course, the internet is full of articles about developer salaries which is enticing as well.

If you experienced burnout, how did you deal with it?

I step away when I can and return with a fresh mind. If I can't work through a problem within an hour, I try to move on. Returning to something after a night's sleep might be all you need to get back on track.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start learning web development but feels overwhelmed with the amount of information out there?

I'd without hesitation say to stick to the fundamentals. It is daunting and very overwhelming to see all the different technologies, frameworks, platforms, libraries, etc. Become solid with HTML, CSS, and vanilla JavaScript and it will make picking up something like React or Angular SO MUCH EASIER.

Want to get featured on our guest interviews?

Simply write us an email to hello[at]codewell.cc with a short paragraph about yourself and your journey to learning web development. We will email you back if you're selected for the interview!

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