Can a Fifty Year Old Learn Web Development?

If I was a student again, instead of business studies, and tedious statistical analysis, I would learn web development.

The reason?

Technology is the future, and creating software or websites has to be one of the most in-demand and exciting skills to have.

Unfortunately, I am at the wrong end of my working life.

Or am I?

I started running at the age of 46, and it transformed my fitness and is one of the best stress-busters you could have. Could learning web development change my career?

If not, at the very least, it could help me transform my blog when the urge takes hold.

During one weekend, I spent an embarrassing number of hours changing my Microblog theme. I made the desired adjustments, but a large portion of my life had passed.

The Web Development Course

While reading blogs, I came across a post by a young web designer whose name I’ve unfortunately forgotten. Her profile claimed she became a developer by merely completing this course.

Naturally, I clicked on the link.

At the time, February 2020, the course was five years old and cost £12.95. Being cheap and five years old are not good selling points for a web development course, but I signed up.

After all, I wasn’t out to create a WordPress theme, only grasp the basics of what lies behind the web pages I stare at so much.

In the beginning

I got off to a good start, and I was very excited to learn the likes of:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Java Scrip
  • jQuery
  • Working with APIs and other mysteries

Had I been on the dating scene, I have no doubt I could have impressed a young woman with “Would you like to come up and see my HTML tables?

I had worked on the course over several weeks but only completed 8%. Then COVID-19 struck.

You would think permanent working from home arrangements are an ideal scenario for following an on-line course, but the pandemic changed life too much.

Lockdown restrictions, fear of catching COVID and upheaval to daily living meant I forgot about the course for several months.

A second attempt, from the beginning, also failed.

Poor Colt.

If he knew, he might have taken it personally.

My lacklustre attempts to complete the course were nothing to do with Colt Steele. I hadn’t correctly prepared. Especially the mental preparation required.

Colt’s course had over 40 hours of lectures and hundreds of chapters. It would be best if you prepared for the long haul.

Next steps

During Christmas 2020, I looked back at the year and wished I had accomplished more of my ambition.

I decided to look up Colt’s old course again but had doubts if I had the enthusiasm to try it a third time.

But Wow.

Colt has remade the entire course.

Colt has remade all the lectures, videos, and improved the supporting resources. Gone were the random inserts to correct out of date information. The course looked more polished and dare I say it, professional. Although it was comprehensive before, now I had no excuse.

Right, I thought. The revamp must be a sign.

I am going to do this.

As of 7 January 2021 my new, and the third journey has begun on Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp.

The journey will be longer than ever.

  • 63 hours on-demand video
  • 47 articles
  • 122 downloadable resources
  • 62 coding exercises

While I am not on the dating scene, I still might impress my wife by telling her sometime soon that I’ve developed data relationships with Mongo! (Whatever that means).

Apart from discovering the beauty of Node JS, how else am I going to keep motivated?

Well, I am going to blog about it. If I tell the world what I’m doing, how could I possibly give up?

I’ll think of the shame and humiliation.

I also want to prove to you and myself that a 52-year-old can learn a new skill and tweak his blog theme in 60 minutes instead of an entire weekend.

Having paid once for the course on Udemy, giving lifetime access, so here goes.

If you want to learn more about Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp, here is a link to an impartial review of the newly rebuilt version.

Wish me luck.