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How to create a portfolio without any work to show?
I'm basically a systems admin switching over to development and I want to create something awesome and with some help from this community I decided to create a portfolio however I have nothing to show code and design wise other that my IT experience which I think is irrelevant anyways right? I want to code this but I would be making nothing more than template I feel. Any ideas?
joseph torres, do not short yourself: All experience is applicable to coding (development).
For example, let's say that instead of IT work, you were a customer service agent.
Would that have any transferable skills? Most would say, "No."
But it does.
If you were a great customer service agent, you'd have two very important traits for development: empathy with a team-oriented personality. Not only would you have those qualities, but you would also have the tenacity to endure unruly customers.
Often, code will act like a customer-employee interaction. When it's great, it's great! When it's unruly, you'll want to rip your hair out.
So, let's boil this down to what you've asked, specifically for "any ideas."
The other day, I came across this article: Article. I think it's a great signpost for you, pointing you in a direction that is congruent with who you are, not someone's expectations.
Seriously, if you find a project you are passionate about, the quality will show, as you are more inclined to produce something that you'd be proud of!
Will this "quality" manifest overnight. Nope.
It takes time, perseverance, and plenty of questions.
So if you have any further questions, feel free to ask me or others.
Never Stop Learning
In answer to your question, sometimes I feel that what I do is my calling in life and when I don't do what I feel I can get maybe a little withdrawn perhaps. I was always an inspiring artist actually. I love neo-surrealism and one of the greatest neo-surrealistic artists is George Grie. He was a student of Jerry Ulesman who is one of the best photographers out there. Sometimes just looking at my wife or even a picture of a skyline or a simple conversation can inspire thoughts of creativity. Believe it or not, I was most creative in my darkest moments in life. Anyways, creativity is what I'm about and this is why I want to do this... again...
Sorry for delay, thank you so much for your amazing feedback and direction.