I’m so glad that you’re here, and I’m excited to see your transformation into a super student over the next 30 days.
I’m Nicole Archambault, self-taught web developer and educational technology entrepreneur, and I’m going to be your instructor—and maybe your best friend—by the end of just 30 days.
I successfully taught myself to code and transitioned my career to web development from Customer Service in 2015, after a particularly rocky relationship with education through my high school and college years. I learned a lot through my process, and by talking to others going through the same journey, began to look deeper into why I was able to be so successful with self-education over traditional means.
You’ll hear more about my story as it’s relevant, scattered throughout the course. But I’m always available to 30 Days to Web Development students and alum, to answer questions about myself or my experience. But for now, I want to begin with focusing on YOU, because you are the one who is going to undergo this massive transformation now.
So, let’s start out with a question: WHY are you here?
Likely because you’ve heard that learning to program comes with some pretty attractive salaries, flexibility, and career growth potential. But, you might also feel like the industry is too young, too white, too male, too fast-moving, too “different” from what you’re currently doing, or too... well, technical.
But despite all these concerns, you likely also are still drawn to web development in some way.
Maybe you feel anxious about even trying to learn to program, but it still fascinates you. It seems like a totally different language.
Maybe it's been years since you last fiddled with your Geocities, MySpace or GigaPets page.
So, if you’re here, uncertain about your place, and the process of getting there—but willing to check out what the web development industry has to offer—you’ve come to the right course.
And you wouldn’t be entirely wrong: the industry does have an image of being all of those things. And like most images, there’s an ounce of truth in it.
The web development industry is an exciting, fast-paced community of people who innovate and learn from each other.
Many web developers are young, white men. And many other existing developers, as well as aspirants to the industry, are not.
The industry does literally grow and change daily. But there are plenty of welcoming spaces for those who don’t fit that archetype, and also want to learn how to keep up with this aggressive pace.
In fact, a big part of why I developed this course is to help people who don’t fit that archetype see the potential for them in this industry, and build the confidence to enter it.
At this point in technological development, we have this incredible opportunity to learn web development online and at your own pace, an experience that wasn’t readily available for the majority of web development’s progression up until this point.
Previously, you needed an expensive Computer Science degree to access the knowledge of industry professionals, who would help you build the skills and experience you needed to learn programming.
But, the process is still a difficult one, even with these new resources available to us.
Without guidance of someone who has actually been through the process of transitioning careers into web development, you’re going to face a hell of a time building those skills you need in a reasonable amount of time on your own.
You want to complete your career transition, and move on to earning money and learning beyond the basics. This is true whether you’re sitting in a classroom, or sitting in front of a computer at home taking an online course.
In fact, many students I’ve worked with struggled or failed to self-teach, then went on to try their hand at a bootcamp or Computer Science degree, and expressed frustration in still not being able to learn effectively.
Alas, they thought the alternative would be a quick fix, and ended up out tens of thousands of dollars, frustrated, and still unable to learn. Sometimes they didn’t find the guidance they needed there either, or didn’t realize they just weren’t a good fit for classrooms.
This course is going to help transform you into a more confident, capable learner. You’ll spend less time than your peers figuring out your next steps, because you already got help planning your educational journey and resources.
You won’t be ruffled when you face your first programming challenges, because you’ll already know what they are and how to deconstruct them.
The lessons in this course were developed by me personally, since learning to code myself. You'll learn more about my story in this first week's lessons! Over the course of a year, I tested these approaches together with students I've worked with—who may also be your fellow students! Students (and I) came back with results, and we tweaked our approaches until something clicked. Persistence was key.
From that experience, 30 Days to Web Development was born. I took the best of the best, and put everything into this course to help you make your own web development dreams come true!
Well, it's targeted specifically to people learning to code in order to change careers INTO web development.
However, it's not ONLY for these types of students. Those already in the industry and seeking better ways to enhance their skill sets, and stay competitive in the industry, will find great benefit from taking 30 Days to Web Development.
Additionally, you can help build the course by providing your valuable feedback based on your unique perspective, to let me know what you need in order to succeed.
But if you're a career changer, by the end of 30 days, you will have your next steps outlined and be able to enter the web development learning world with a better chance at making it to your first income opportunities, faster.
Whether you're a brand new student, an advanced student, or an established professional, the topics we'll be covering will help you at any stage in your career. But learning them early on will really set you ahead of the pack!
It's important to note that 30 Days to Web Development does not involve any actual programming in any particular language. While we will be discussing problem-solving strategies and approaches, the concepts carry over into any language you might eventually learn.
This keeps the course flexible for all types of students, and provides an inclusive learning environment for any area students may wish to branch off into. But don't worry—you'll get plenty of programming once you've gone through the course!
In Week 1, we're going to address your learning styles, and teach you the ways you can maximize your time spent with the e-Learning material you'll be encountering after 30 Days to Web Development.
In Week 2, you'll learn to become a more effective problem solver with 7 straight-forward steps to approaching virtually any complex problem you'll face.
You'll be familiar with programmatic thinking, web development principles (not specifics), and more that I personally didn't contextualize until months on into my own journey. But not you—you'll have all of that, and the confidence that comes along with it.
By the end of Week 3, you'll have chosen the e-Learning platform you'll use to begin learning programming, and have clear visual image of what learning web development actually involves. You'll learn how to become a resource-hunting machine, and ensure you're getting quality materials to support your learning. This is particularly important for new developers, but current developers will find this section equally valuable.
In Week 4, you'll build your Career Transition Path using my step-by-step guide. That Career Transition Path will guide you through your considerations and directional choices, which affect which resources you'll be using.
You won't be floundering, trying to figure out how it all fits together, like students who don't take this course!
Convinced you’re in good hands yet? You should be! And you should also be excited, because you’re taking the important first steps to learn these new skills, and become an actual web developer.
So, are you ready?
I said, are you ready??
Yes?! Wonderful! I’ll see you in the next lesson! 😊