Free – Learn Website Coding, HTML, PHP, SQL – New Career at 55
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“I once described Codecademy as M&Ms for the mind — it sure beats playing Mahjong, Farmville or other ways of procrastinating.”
Liz Beigle-Bryant was laid off from her job in November 2012. After a couple of months’ hard work she now has a new position.
1. Why did you want to learn to code?
Thirty years ago I was making $15 an hour as an analog draftsman and technical illustrator. Before I was laid off this past November, I was fighting to get $15 an hour for administrative jobs. So instead of letting the world push me into a tiny $15 box, I’m changing the game by reinventing myself.
2. How did you get started?
Earlier this year I started taking SQL Server courses to complement my SharePoint work. Through those classes, I found out that I’m actually pretty good at coding and find it really fun. But I don’t have the $3000 it will take to finish the course; that’s one aspect of what makes Codecademy so great – it’s free!
3. Did knowing how to code help you in the job search?
4. What advice do you have for job seekers?
I also get a lot of self-esteem and motivation through streaks, badges, and points. It helps me stay resilient during the days when I’m facing disappointments, and keeps me focused on positive activities that have the added bonus of being highly marketable.
‘Live’ time, don’t kill it
A key part of the job search is staying motivated and positive during what is a pretty soul-destroying process. I once described Codecademy as “M&Ms for the mind” — it sure beats playing Mahjong, Farmville or other ways of procrastinating. I like to think of myself ‘living’ time instead of ‘killing’ time by learning to code.
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Codecademy is the free, easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.