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    Derker Jerbs

    so i wouldnt mind a career change
    i used to know html and css but never really touched Javascript or jquery.. need a good relearning of them all

    can i teach myself html css and javascript well enough to gain a position as a front end designer without any credentials?

    is this possible or do they look for people with degrees of some sort or prefer to look at your portfolio

    im looking at signing up to Sitepoint or something to learn again


    Absolutely! Experience and a varied portfolio screams louder than credentials and little else. Real evidence of what you can do, regardless of whether it’s self-taught or not, will get your foot in the door. In fact, speaking as someone who works in education, it can take so long for something to work its way into a course, that in our line of fast-moving tech, much of what we can learn ourselves from current online sources, will be old news by the time it officially lands in the curriculum. Being self-taught can be a big advantage in that respect. It also shows more passion and willingness to learn which is very attractive to potential employers.

    I say “go for it!”. I spent almost 10 years going in another career direction before I made the change to “web stuff” too, and now, 10+ years later, I’ve never been happier.

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