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Chris Collier
Chris Collier
17,774 Points

Summer study advice?

Hi everyone, I need advice on what to study this summer. I'm trying to make a pre-30th-year career change into web/mobile development, and am rounding out my senior year of my B.S. in IT. I have found the practical experience gleaned by my degree to be SERIOUSLY LACKING. I have a fair amount of web exposure (HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP) and some programming (Java, C++). Does anyone have advice as to what I should spend my time on this summer?

tl;dr What should I spend my time on this summer? *Adobe Creative Suite (I only know basics and only of a couple of applications) *Finally finishing my Oracle Java Certification *Trying to find a virtual internship that focuses on web (I already have a full time job so virtual might be my only option) *Trying out Android app development *Maybe taking a look into .NET *Something I didn't list?

I'm really serious switching careers as soon as I can, and I need to firm up on skills. I've hit a place where I'm afraid to start learning something because I'm afraid it might be a waste of time. Thank you in advance for your feedback - I really appreciate it!

Chris

2 Answers

Devin Scheu
Devin Scheu
66,191 Points

Study HTML, CSS, JavaScript or Jquery or both for front end web development. Study PHP, Java, Python, Ruby for back end development. Android is for mobile, also SWIFT is for mobile on apple. IOS is also a great programming language. Illustrator, Photoshop and Sketch for graphic design. What do you want to focus on? Image Editing? Mobile layout? The front end of websites? The back end? Core coding aspect for computer apps? Leave a reply and I can recommend some great courses for you.

Happy Coding - Devin

Chris Collier
Chris Collier
17,774 Points

Thanks Devin. Actually, I'm probably strongest in PHP and have always liked the back-end.

Cheers

Check out Calagator or a local Treehouse Meetup Group. They seem quite prolific in the larger communities for access to guidance and experience.

Chris Collier
Chris Collier
17,774 Points

Thanks! I never thought of looking for a Treehouse Meetup.