‘HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points’
this says so many things i agree with, i hardly know where to begin pulling quotes. web design and dev used to be something you could organically transition toward from a variety of other roles or hobbies. there was a broad, porous space between laypeople and ultra nerds. this zone created a culture i was able to grow and succeed within. it is now nearly gone.
back then, the worst boomers hadn’t figured the internet out yet; most of them were literally afraid of computers when i was coming up. they’d just hand you the keys and tell you to go figure it out while running away as fast as possible
maybe i only got where i am because the fabric of capitalism was ripping a little bit due to the rapid growth of a new technology, and there weren’t enough formal training avenues to certify a new type of worker, so a bunch of us slipped in
@alana @remotenemesis true true, but in my experience those long winding paths mean you're not making much money till the end of them, if even then. I took one of those paths and didn't crack $50k a year till I was in my 40s. I work with a 26 year old colleague who's probably paid approximately what I'm paid now.
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