Hi all,

I am looking for advice on changing sector/role/career... Here is my backstory.

I've primarily been in retail management throughout my career. Intending to start in web/software development. Aged 35 and based in Ireland.

I'm attending university - distance programme so I'm available to work also - and filling in the gaps with relevant online courses. In the early 2000's I started web dev as a hobby so I'm not completely new to it. Also my college assessments are always A's or B's (Computing/programming all A's). I've also completed's CS101 and attained "Highest Distinction".

My plan is as follows:

  • Complete some web dev specific courses over the summer (Stanford, Udacity, Google).
  • Build a small portfolio site with 4 -  6 sites/web apps.
  • Attend career fairs, web summits, lean weekends.
  • Work my small but real network

Current Skills:

  • solid HTML and CSS
  • reasonable javascript, PHP, Python
  • Jquery, Bootstrap

So any advice considering I am pushing to get working in a real environment a.s.a.p.

Thanks in advance,



lindge's picture
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The cast below might help with some steps to take...

donm's picture
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I've not read the book myself, but Quitter by Jon Acuff is probably a good place to start. You can get it from multiple sources.

WarrenReilly's picture

 Hi Donm and Lindge,


Thanks for taking the time to reply guys. I'll check out the book. i've listened to that cast and yes it was really helpful.


All the best,