I have chosen to do the Skillcrush WordPress Blueprint and my next course.
Here are my reasons:
- I am very familiar with WordPress, cPanel, SQL, the Dashboard and all things related to WordPress, from using as a blogger for over a decade and tweeking the designs with pre-made themes. Chris Dixon’s course on Udemy got me started on converting HTML/Bootstrap sites into WordPress themes, and I am now working to understand how the workflow of creating and editing/converting sites for clients. I feel that Skillcrush will do a good job at teaching this because they are very oriented toward helping their clients (me) achieve real work as a developer.
- All of the jobs I have applied for thus far (since August 2016), have been for WordPress/PHP work or for website content creation (which I feel is often expressed on WordPress sites).
- I like how career-oriented Skillcrush is. After being a photographer, videographer and director/producer for so many years, I really need help in repackaging/rebranding myself, or showing that web development is part of my skillset at a content creator. Skillcrush seems really good at doing this.
- I love that Skillcrush is oriented toward women. I have gotten very used to NOT having that, but it is nice that my teachers and a majority of my classmates are women. It feels completely different than other online learning environments. They are outrageously knowledgeable at programming/coding AND they keep the atmosphere lighthearted. That lighthearted part is the one that is hard to find (though I did find that Colt Steele also kept his course challenging but festive, which made it a pleasure).
- I am open to working onsite but would love to work remotely. While I feel that there are many tech jobs that offer this option, I have seen them the most with WordPress.
- I can rehab my own WordPress sites and get clear on all the parts where I typically get stuck. Right now I have 4 sites that I want to overhaul and I feel I will be able to do that much better after I finish this 3-month blueprint. If I get nothing else out of the course, that will be enough.