Marco Angelo worked as an audio visual technician and was looking for a significant career change. He knew that he wanted to do something that was technical and creative, but also a job that would position him in high-demand, offer flexible working hours and the opportunity for a high salary. One career fits into all of those categories: web development.
In between jobs, Marco dedicated his free time to learn to code with Treehouse. He even took his learning abroad with him while he traveled. Although it was challenging, Marco didn’t give up. It had taken him 4-years to earn the Music Technology degree that had got him his first career. In contrast, with online learning, Marco was able to learn the coding skills he needed in less than a year, confidently preparing him for his new career. Today, Marco is a full-time front end developer.
We asked Marco to share his experience and advice with other aspiring developers.
What first encouraged you to learn to code and pursue a career as a developer?
I was drawn to a career that allowed me to be creative but also highly technical; that’s exactly the kind of thing I love so it was perfect for me. Also – the high demand, flexible working, and high earning potentials were big factors in my decision to pursue this path.
I was drawn to a career that allowed me to be creative but also highly technical; that’s exactly the kind of thing I love so it was perfect for me.
What work were you doing when you first joined Treehouse?
I had just left a job at an events company working as an Audio Visual technician but had also secured another job in a school as a technician starting in a few months. Those few months gave me a huge amount of time to learn stuff on Treehouse.
You recently landed your first position as a developer. Tell us a little about how your career has evolved since learning with Treehouse and the work you’re doing in your new role.
What has the value of a Treehouse education meant to you?
It has meant a huge deal. I value it higher than my Music Technology degree. Part of me wishes I had learned to code to begin with, but I didn’t really know much about the industry when I chose my degree. I guess this goes to show that in some industries, degrees are irrelevant and knowledge from places like Treehouse are just as or more important.
[My Treehouse Education] has meant a huge deal. I value it higher than my Music Technology degree… In some industries, degrees are irrelevant and knowledge from places like Treehouse are just as or more important.
What advice would you share with aspiring front end developers?
Keep learning and don’t give up just because something doesn’t make sense straight away. Make your own portfolio site and try to have 3-4 sites or projects that you’ve made on there. Most junior positions don’t really mind if you don’t know everything (I certainly don’t) but want you to be able to pick things up, and have the ambition to learn new things.