A couple of people have mentioned on here that they would hire me if I learned to code. I’m looking at my options right now, so I have a couple of questions for anyone who considers that a real possibility.
1. What particular skills do you need? You should assume that, if I decide to do this, I will spend approximately six months studying seriously. So remember to divide that time up appropriately, i.e. a list of six acronyms and buzzwords means each one only gets one month. (I’m starting from scratch but the idea of using a compiler is not new to me- I took a couple of courses back in 2007.)
(Edit: It would be even more helpful if you were to direct me to the training materials you want me to absorb. Please assume that I have access to a good library, but only about $100 to spend.)
2. How serious are you? I don’t have transportation and possibly in the near-future I will be homeless. If I’m going to spend six months learning this as a serious skill, then jump on a Greyhound to God-knows-where with a duffel bag, I need a reasonable degree of certainty that this risk is going to pay off.
3. What are you paying? What is the cost of living index in your area? Is there somewhere I can shack up for the first two months? Would I die if I were living in a tent? (I’m slightly cold-adapted but I’m not Tex.)