Do you want to change career & earn more?
Do you want to change career & earn more?
Welcome to the first in this series of posts/articles centered around changing careers, or more specifically learning some technical skills that will help you find a new career.
I’m Shaun and I run a small family business called FutureDev Ltd, however before this I worked as a Senior Software Developer for over 20 years in the FinTech (financial technology) sector. I have a dream for our company to be successful enough that we’ll be able to help lots of people who may need or want a career change, either through injury or just because…
Is Covid affecting your income?
Whether its because what life has thrown at you recently, or just simply because, as they say “a change is as good as a rest”!
Own your choices
- You can carry on as you are, unhappy for one or many reasons and deal with it.
- It may be that you do not hate your job, but require more freedom such as working from home.
- You may just want to start working for yourself and currently work within a very unsuitable industry.
Facts up front
- Changing your life/career requires significant time investment in yourself, if you’re not prepared to find 8-10 hours per week for a considerable amount of time you might as well stop reading this now.
- Change is possible however, I know this myself because I’ve done it already.
- It is possible to achieve all of this for free once you know how (almost free, more later).
- You can also pay money on good solid courses, tutors and so on to speed things up. It’s possible, but not required and so please be careful who you give your money to and why.
- More and more companies care less about a degree, choosing to interview candidates. Demonstrate knowledge, pass their tests, be the best and the job will be yours.
- Everything you need for these career changes is available on the internet today.
- If you have no money well fear not, although it may take you longer without a good instructor/mentor it is still very much possible. Not all mentors will charge you either.
- Many on the internet will have you believe that you can cut many corners if you pay them money, don’t listen to them because quite frankly it’s usually bullshit.
What do you need to get started?
We’re going to start with Visual Studio and we’re going to start with downloading and installing one of the best integrated development environments around.
No matter which path you plan on following, be it a website designer, developer or even SEO, having an understanding of real programming constructs will help you a great deal in the future.
Microsoft Visual Studio
Right, it’s time to dive straight in, download visual studio and create our first program. Don’t worry we start at the very beginning and take you through each step. Did I mention, it’s all free too!
Clipping 1 – Download Visual Studio
Clipping 2 – Visual Studio Downloader
To execute the installer just open the file and it will start extracting, shortly after you’ll see something like this:
Thank you for downloading Visual Studio
Simply click the continue button as can be seen in the above picture. Clicking continue will result in another short wait while setup performs some preparations, after which you’ll be presented with the installation configuration options on screen:
Visual Studio Installation – Workloads
Now this may all look and sound rather intimidating, don’t worry just trust me in that right now the technicalities of all this doesn’t matter, just ensure you tick the same as me here:
That’s all we really require unless you need any language customisations or want to change the location of the install. Figure 4 shows the “Installation locations” tab, note that I haven’t changed any options here and so it simply show’s all the default settings:
Figure 4 Visual Studio – Installation Locations
Over on the right hand side in Figure 4, we can see a summary of what’s about to be installed with more choices. Just ensure that you have enough free space (12.33GB required for my chosen options) and go with the defaults at this point.
Click the “Install” button in the bottom right corner. Now go and make a cup of tea or a coffee and relax because this can take a while to download and install depending on your system.
Figure 5 – Visual Studio Installer
Figure 6 – Sign in to Visual Studio
While not essential to do so, I really do recommend that you create an account, but it’s up to you (can be done at any time)! There you have it, you now have an amazing professional cross platform IDE ready to get learning.
Figure 7 – Preparing for first use
Figure 8 – Installation Complete
We will explain other items in future articles, for now we’re going to create what could possibly be your first ever computer program. Simply click the “Create a new project” button to get started.
Figure 9 – Create new project
Figure 10 – Configuring your project
Now click “Next” again and you’ll be presented with a screen as per Figure 11 below, don’t worry about what this means right now, just know that .NET Core 3.1 is as cool as a cucumber. It’s cross platform meaning you with it can work on (for example) Windows, MAC and Linux to name just a few platforms.
For now don’t worry about all that, just click “Create“.
Figure 11 – Additional Information
After just a few seconds you’ll be inside one of the world’s most powerful IDE’s (integrated development environments)! For our first program we don’t actually need to write any code at all, Visual Studio kindly scaffolds a basic console application for us.