How One Mom Fits In Learning Web Development During Nap Time
What piqued your interest in web development?
I did some research into how video games are made and stumbled across a tool to easily make my own story-based browser game. It seemed idiot-proof, so I tried it. The more I got into it, the more I realized I needed a lot more knowledge of what happens under the hood in order to make my game more visually appealing and interactive. So, I guess you could say I started learning front-end web development without realizing it! I continued to learn the fundamentals of web development, and, eventually, my best friend recommended Udemy as a resource for my learning.
What was the first Udemy course you took?
I started Andrei Neagoie‘s “The Complete Web Developer in 2019: Zero to Mastery” back in February, and it gave my web development learning process a huge boost. I chose to take Andrei’s course because it focuses on in-demand skills that can be applied to work right now, as opposed to the more unnecessary, nice-to-know parts. That was important to me because, between my job and a toddler, I don’t have a lot of time to study.
Although I started learning about web development mostly for fun, I’ve realized through taking Udemy courses that this is something I might want to turn into a career one day. I’m halfway through the “Zero to Mastery” course now, and Andrei is a remarkably motivating instructor; in the past I’ve left courses unfinished, but this time I’m determined to see it through the end.
How have you balanced learning time and raising a toddler?
Learning on Udemy is very parent-friendly because you can take courses at your own pace. Since I returned to my job after parental leave, I have to wait until my son is asleep before I can study; luckily, all lectures in my courses are short enough to fit into his nap time. Sometimes it feels like my progress is slow, but even one short lecture is a step, and with perseverance we can achieve anything, right? Well, almost anything!
Being a parent actually helps with my studies. As a parent, I problem-solve every day. I must choose wisely how to spend my limited spare time, but it’s easy to stay motivated once I do. I always look forward to study time, which is usually for two or three hours after my son falls asleep.
How has learning helped you?
Learning on Udemy has definitely had a positive impact on my life. I know these new skills will open doors in the future, and I’m eager to find out what changes await!
With a toddler, it’s not easy to find the time, concentration, and calmness to focus on learning. But it’s definitely worth it.
I share my learning/coding journey on Twitter. It helps me stay motivated and engage with the welcoming tech community, and I hope it can encourage other students in a similar situation to continue working on their goals and dreams, even though it might be really challenging.
Remember: if I can do it, you can, too!