I’d love to hear what it was like if you switched to Web Development/Design from a completely unrelated career.
I ask because I’m slowly considering it and would like to limit any unrealistic expectations – that the grass is greener, so to speak.
If you did, what was it like? What's different about your daily work life, your metrics, your work relationships, your overall happiness? For example, I ponder what it will be like working with people who are more technically-minded than I'm used to. What it will be like having metrics that aren’t based on sales number. What it's like to be in a situation where my output (code) must sync with a group (back end, UI, etc), as opposed to something like sales where I’m an "individual contributer".
About me: 30 years old, basically been in sales since my degree in business. This includes retail sales, some retail management, web startup sales, and now a web startup position where I’m responsible to build traction via customer acquisition, product feedback and innovation, marketing, you name it.
I love computers, am creative at heart and enjoy building things. I have a knack for design and web products and actually serve as a intermediary between our sales team and the Product Manager. I considered pursuing it but feel that I'm more creative and less analytically than the PM role requires. Over the past year I’ve been spending around four hours a week familiarizing myself with HTML, CSS and JS via studies and projects. I feel like I’m reaching a point where I’m starting to imagine the realities of pursuing it as a career, and this is causing these questions to arise.
I might have lofty expectations, but I figure I should also explain how I foresee the future looking. Feel free to critique:
Continue studies and building out small projects. Get into boot camp here in SF in six months. Land intern or junior position at a company that doesn't ask for highschool GPA / what it was like working for McKinsey. Snag a role model at work, work hard, continue my education, and either work my way up there or find an entry level position at a new company. Either continue on that path, or try my hand at freelancing / starting my own small web development company.
Thanks in advance for sharing any similar experiences and words of advice.