19 Ideas to Level Up Your Skills & Make More Money With the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox

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Whether you want to learn a new programming language, improve your portfolio, or take your career to the next level, the Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox can get you there.

Here are 19 life-changing outcomes you can achieve from the premium courses included in this bundle.

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Idea #1: Kick off a freelancing career that actually pays the bills

35% of the U.S. workforce is now freelancing—that’s 10 million more people than 5 years ago!

Why are so many people turning to freelancing? Compared to a full-time office job, freelancers tend to enjoy more flexibility, freedom, control over their work, etc.

Coding is a skill that’s often quite compatible with freelancing, since it’s a skill you can use anywhere you have a computer. You can even make money with small projects while you learn to code! And there are products in the 2020 toolbox to help you do it.

For instance, in the Freelancing & Beyond eBook by Kyle Prinsloo you’ll learn the fundamentals of freelancing, including marketing yourself, pricing your services, landing clients, understanding SEO and AdWords, and more.

A bit about Kyle Prinsloo’s story: High-school dropout, had to figure out things the hard way. After failing, learning and improving, he managed to earn more income than his full-time salary through freelancing on the side after 12 months. He’s now been freelancing for over 5 years. 

And in the Freelance Developer Masterclass by Hahna Latonick, you’ll discover how to go from $0 to $10K with your freelance developer business in just 90 days, including the necessary legal documents you need to run and protect your business.

Is your goal to make more money, pay off debt, or bring in a side income? Hahna (who also joined us on the LTCWM podcast) used freelancing to pay off $50,000 worth of student, car, and credit card debt.

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Other courses in the bundle teach you the programming skills that clients need for their projects, including Ruby on Rails, Python, Java, JavaScript, C#, and much more.

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Idea #2: Learn the programming fundamentals employers are looking for

When you have a foundation of core conceptual programming knowledge, you can more easily build on it with other languages, frameworks, etc. Mastering fundamentals is appealing to employers because they know you can get up-to-speed quickly, especially when they have a tech stack you may not have worked with before.

In The Fundamentals of Programming with Python by Tim Ruscica, you’ll learn the fundamental programming concepts that can be applied to any language, not just Python. As the creator explains, “This means you can take this knowledge with you to any programming language allowing you to easily pick up on it. As an experienced programmer, my knowledge of these topics has helped me learn entire programming languages like JavaScript and C# in a matter of a few hours. Once you have the concepts down all that's left is the syntax, and that's the easy part.”

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Then, in C# and .NET Core for Beginners by Pontus Wittenmark, you’ll learn things like variables, arrays, classes, objects, properties, and more as you learn beginner- and intermediate-level C# skills. These skills can also be applied to other languages you want to learn later.

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Idea #3: Build dozens of projects to add to your portfolio

As you go through many of the courses in this bundle, you’ll build real-world projects that you can add to your tech portfolio. A good portfolio can help you find clients and/or a job when you’re ready. As John Lue of Coder Vox says, “The most important thing to get a job as a web developer is your portfolio.” 

By the end of Simple Steps JavaScript by Yaphi Berhanu, you'll have completed over 10 portfolio projects.

In Mastering Next.js – The Complete Guide To Universal JavaScript by Lee Robinson, you’ll build a Reddit-like crowdsourced voting app with a custom GraphQL API.

During Hands-on Web Development with ASP.NET Core & Angular 7 by Reynald Adolphe, you’ll get the chance to build a full-service online store with a shopping cart and admin panel.

Other projects in the 2020 bundle include a price estimator, social network front end, tip calculator, rock-paper-scissors game, countdown clock, cost splitter, random name picker, weather app, Twitter clone, hangman game, and more!

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Idea #4: Get advice and feedback from seasoned programmers

Without feedback, it’s hard to know what you’re doing right or wrong. As you go through these courses, get advice and feedback from the pros who’ve been there, done that, and emerged with insights to share.

In The Fundamentals of Programming with Python by Tim Ruscica, you’ll get the chance to submit an instructor-graded final project.

If it’s advice and inspiration you’re looking for, Principles For Programmers: The Condensed Advice From The World's Best by Andrei Neagoie is a collection of key principles to ensure you are on the path to success. Discover tips and tricks on topics from writing code correctly to becoming a stronger manager (based on years of collecting advice, articles, books and opinions of some of the best programmers, thought leaders, and business experts in the world).

As you progress through the Automating G Suite with Google Apps Script (Course Bundle) by Laurence Svekis, you’ll receive fast, friendly support within the Q&A section, from an instructor with over 20 years of web development experience who’s ready to help you learn.

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In this bundle, you’ll also learn from the experience of instructors who have decades of experience. For example:

  • Mosh Hamedani: Software engineer for 20+ years, YouTuber, and course instructor who has taught over 9 million people how to code
  • Ryan Bigg: Author of Rails books and documentation for 10+ years, prolific on Stack Overflow and works with open source
  • Pontus Wittenmark: Passionate trainer and consultant with over 20 years of programming experience in C#, ASP.NET, and more.

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Idea #5: Build your own mobile apps with React Native

React Native allows you to build native apps using JavaScript and the React framework. That means that we can build for the web, iOS, and Android using the same mental models and similar tools, while ensuring each platform has a unique and high-quality experience. 

React Native by Example by Spencer Carli guides students through 10 unique example apps and prepares you to build mobile apps in the wild, regardless of what requirements you come across. Projects that get progressively more complex include a calculator, weather app, chat app, quiz app, and others. 

“Learning React Native opens up an entire additional area of programming to you,” says Spencer. “By learning React Native in addition to React, you're opening yourself up to more potential jobs and more types of side projects you can do.”

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Idea #6: Create awesome web apps with Ruby on Rails

According to Stack Overflow’s 2020 survey, respondents who use Ruby have the fifth-highest salaries of all respondents (more than some popular languages like Python and JavaScript).

The Learn Enough Application Development Bundle: Learn Ruby, Ruby on Rails, & Action Cable by Michael Hartl is a 3-course bundle inside the toolbox that guides you through creating professional-grade web applications with Ruby on Rails.

Then, in Active Rails by Ryan Bigg, you’ll learn how to build a production-quality Rails 6 application from the ground up. The methodology is guided by TDD (Test Driven Development) and BDD (Behavior Driven Development) to make the app as user-friendly and problem-free as possible.

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Idea #7: Use real NASA data in a Mars Rover API project (ever want to be an astronaut?)

Here’s a fun one! One of the courses in the bundle is the Mars Rover API Workshop: Create a Web App with NASA Data by Trevor Page. Learn how to create a Java web app from scratch using the most popular frameworks in today's professional landscape. The app will be able to show users a day in the life of a real Mars Rover! While building the fun mobile-responsive web app that pulls pictures from another planet, you'll learn the 5 pillars of full-stack Java programming: front-end, MVC, server-side, ORM and database. Let your inner astronaut aspirations fly.

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Idea #8: Explore in-demand career options like machine learning, data science, cybersecurity, and DevOps

Not zeroed in on which tech career is right for you yet? With the 2020 bundle, explore some of the most in-demand, lucrative, and professionally interesting options out there.

Demand for cybersecurity engineers is expected to grow 32% from 2018 to 2028. The Ultimate Guide for Getting Into Cybersecurity for Beginners by Tailor Herrarte (Digital Empress) covers things like which specific subset of the career is best for your skills and interests, what lifestyle you can expect as a cybersecurity professional, what kind of education and certifications you'll need for specific roles, how to gain experience and find a job when you're self-taught, and more.

Machine learning engineer was deemed Indeed’s #1 best job of 2019 (based on fastest growth and highest pay). The Machine Learning for Beginners Course Bundle by 365 Data Science starts by covering Python programming before honing in on its use in machine learning and predictive analytics. These skills can also be transferred to other data science careers.

According to a survey, DevOps skills are more in demand than any other IT-related skill, even surpassing cloud and data science skills. In the 30 Days DevOps Bootcamp by Gourav Shah (School of DevOps), you’ll follow along with a real-world project to see various DevOps practices in action, including revision control, continuous integration pipelines, container-based work, observability systems, and more. You'll also learn the story of DevOps to understand how it began and evolved.

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Idea #9: Work from home and/or become a digital nomad

Remote work is becoming the norm for developers. In fact, up to to half of developers work remotely. Studies also show that remote workers are happier due to the extra freedom and flexibility.

When you work remotely, you have the freedom to travel more, be a digital nomad, or move to a place with cheaper cost of living. There are also perks if you’re already more settled in life: you can work from home in your perfect quiet office nook, skip the commute, and enjoy extra family time.

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With the Freelance Developer Masterclass by Hahna Latonick, you can achieve your goal of working from home and/or becoming a digital nomad — even if you have no college degree, limited work experience, or you’re considering switching careers.

This course provides a step-by-step road-map so you can more easily and methodically become a freelance web developer, work remotely, travel the world while earning cash, etc.

Kyle Prinsloo’s Freelancing & Beyond eBook also looks at the logistics of freelancing, including marketing yourself, pricing your services, landing clients, understanding SEO and AdWords, and more.

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Idea #10: Create cool, interactive web apps with JavaScript

JavaScript is called the standard programming language of the web, which is why it's a favorite among developers. According to Stack Overflow, JavaScript has been the most commonly used programming language for eight years running. Basically, if you want to be a web or mobile developer, it’s a must to know JavaScript well.

Because it’s such an important language, there are multiple courses in the bundle that will get your JS skills rolling. Try each course to find your favorite! 

JavaScript Basics for Beginners by Mosh Hamedani is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to master the fundamentals of JavaScript. It breaks down modern JavaScript into digestible and easy-to-understand pieces using real-world examples, exercises, and step-by-step solutions. 

Beginner's ES6 Programming: Code for the Web in JavaScript by John Bura (Mammoth Interactive) teaches you the fundamental building blocks of JavaScript. Then, dive into ES6—another name for JavaScript v6—and learn about its new features, important concepts, using tools like Gulp, Webpack, and Babel, etc. 

Simple Steps JavaScript by Yaphi Berhanu (Simple Steps Code): If you've ever struggled with other JavaScript courses, you're not alone. This course was developed specifically for you! Simple Steps JavaScript gets you working hands-on right away with projects and drills that reinforce what you've learned in each lesson. You won't have to digest a ton of content all at once before putting it into practice. It starts with the basics and proceeds to teach functions, logic, styles, interactivity, data structures, and more. 

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Want to branch out and advance your JS skills even further? In this bundle, you won’t just find courses that teach you JavaScript; you’ll also find ones that teach you in-demand JS frameworks like Next.js and Vue.js that can make you more marketable in developer roles:

  • Mastering Next.js – The Complete Guide To Universal JavaScript by Lee Robinson: 30% of React developers use Next.js, so learning this framework can make you more marketable in developer roles. This course teaches you all about building static and server-side rendered applications with Next.js and React.
  • Introduction To Vue.js by Erik Hanchett: Explore Vue.js on a beginner level to learn the basics of the framework, why it's useful, and how to build a Twitter clone with what you learned.

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Idea #11: Earn certifications you can show off to employers/clients

Beyond resumes and portfolios, certifications are also a way to stand out to employers/clients. They show personal drive and discipline, curiosity and a strong willingness to learn: all important aspects to employers.

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Earn them from these courses inside the bundle:

  • The Front End Developer Bootcamp by Jon Lue (Coder Vox): Certificate of completion
  • Machine Learning for Beginners Course Bundle by 365 Data Science: Students can receive up to 3 verifiable certificates with this bundle, one for each course they complete.
  • HTML5 Authoring with CSS Certification Course by Mark Lassoff (Framework TV): Enrolling in this course will make you a candidate for the Framework HTML5 Specialist Certification. This Certification is earned by completing all the lessons in the course and turning in each lab exercise and final project as directed in the course content.

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Idea #12: Build a successful blog and establish your online presence

No matter what your goals are, personal branding can be a useful tool when looking for work. Having your own website means there’s a place for freelance clients and/or employers to find you and learn what you bring to the table. Plus, it’s a place to house all of the portfolio projects you build while going through this bundle, so you can show your skills in a concrete way.

During Mastering Next.js – The Complete Guide To Universal JavaScript by Lee Robinson, you’ll learn how to build a blog using Markdown & React (MDX), and optimize it for SEO.

Then, make your site beautiful and engaging as you progress through Web Design Crash Course for Creative Bloggers by Sarah Eggers.

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Idea #13: Learn to use tools/lingo that real coders use every day – Command Line, text editors, and Git

It’s important to know how to speak geek and learn the tools coders use every day so you can ease into a real programming job, understand tech requirements when a client presents you with a job, etc.

Programming for Non-Programmers by Chris Castiglione (One Month) teaches you how to read code, understand tech lingo/jargon, and create your first projects. It also includes a crash course on using and understanding Git and pushing code to GitHub, like real developers do on-the-job. 

In Learn Java the Hard Way by Graham Mitchell, you’ll learn the basics of navigating the command line in Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X. It will show you how to install a basic text editor, which you’ll use to write your programs. You’ll also learn how to install the Java compiler, which will convert your list of instructions into a form that the computer can execute.

Beginner's ES6 Programming: Code for the Web in JavaScript by John Bura (Mammoth Interactive) covers build tools like Gulp and Webpack (used for packaging JavaScript files).

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Idea #14: Automate Google Suite products to improve productivity

Automating busywork types of tasks can make your life more efficient. If you use common Google Suite products in your day-to-day, Apps Script can help you do just this. Apps Script is a scripting platform developed by Google, based on JavaScript 1.6, (1.7 and 1.8). There are many basic JavaScript features in addition to the built-in and advanced Google services. 

Knowing Apps Script can be a useful skill for data analysis projects or just improving overall productivity, since you can write code to quickly create, access, and modify Google Sheets, Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms.

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The course bundle Automating G Suite with Google Apps Script (Course Bundle) by Laurence Svekis walks you through several possible implementations. The bundle contains 3 courses that will help you learn the Google Apps Script language and use it to automate tasks within the Google Suite of products

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Idea #15: Become a front-end development & design whiz

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of web developers in the US is projected to grow 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

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So it’s great news that you’ll go from beginner to master during The Front End Developer Bootcamp by Jon Lue (Coder Vox): This beginner-friendly course teaches you the fundamentals of front-end web development. By the time you finish, you’ll have complete mastery of the languages and frameworks of the front end web. As you progress through 20+ hours of high-quality video content taught by an experienced college instructor, you will build dynamic and interactive projects.

In this course and others in the bundle, you’ll learn HTML/CSS and JavaScript, as well as Bootstrap, a CSS framework for responsive, mobile-first front-end web development. Bootstrap also contains CSS- and JavaScript-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation, and other interface components to quickly design and customize websites. 

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Idea #16: Get recruiters and hiring managers to notice your tech resume

You only have a brief window to make a good impression with your resume. “Hiring managers are under incredible time pressure so only spend 10-15 seconds per resume,” says Jeremy Schifeling. “Because they can’t possibly read every last word during this tiny window, they end up making snap judgments based on a handful of bullets and some mental shortcuts.”

Luckily, the Six-Figure Tech Resume Workshop by Rebecca Garcia is here to help! This workshop course is for anyone looking to easily create a resume that gets noticed. If your resume has been hearing crickets, then this will give it the boost it needs to get into the hands of recruiters and hiring managers. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn step-by-step how to pick out the right keywords, structure your resume and highlight your skills & experience.

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Land the Perfect Job with LinkedIn was created by Jeremy Schifeling (Break Into Tech), who has landed roles at Apple, LinkedIn, and Google and is a former hiring manager at LinkedIn. He has a unique perspective into how you can stand out as an applicant. LinkedIn is way more than an online resume; it's a place to connect with others in the tech industry, get headhunted by recruiters, showcase projects, and more. Learn how to master this powerful platform with step-by-step instruction from former LinkedIn employees.

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Idea #17: Ace your coding interviews

Remote coding interviews are starting to become the norm (especially in these pandemic times). Of course, regular coding interviews can be hard enough, so how can you succeed in a remote interview setting? 

In Master Remote Interviewing by Sam Gavis-Hughson (Byte by Byte), you’ll learn the strategies that the instructor has used to help hundreds of students land jobs at all the top tech companies. It covers specific strategies and techniques that have been tailored for remote interviewing. By the end of these two sessions, you will be able to immediately start applying what you learned to make the best possible impression in every interview. 

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A few cool things the course digs into:

  • His 6-step framework for solving coding interview problems, even when you’ve never seen them before
  • The specific differences when interviewing remotely… and how to use these to your advantage

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Idea #18: Make more money

Tech is a great industry to be in if you’re looking to bring in the $$. Here are the US national average salaries for popular tech careers you can learn about in this bundle:

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Idea #19: Actually land your dream job in 2020

Ready to land your dream job with all your new tech skills? Yep, I’ve got one word for you…bundle.

Now, if you’ve gotten to this point and you’re wondering “what the heck is this bundle you’re talking about!?” …let me tell you!

For the third year in a row, Learn to Code With Me has partnered with over two dozen amazing tech creators to offer their educational products at a drastic discount. In the 2020 bundle sale, you can get 33 courses and eBooks like the ones mentioned in this post (plus other various learning resources and bonuses) for 94% off what they would cost individually.

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With that kind of deal plus all these ideas for how you can use the bundle to level up your life (and trust me, you’ll think of more as you take the courses!)—there’s just one question left: What are you waiting for?

The 2020 bundle is only being sold from June 22-26. After that, these products will never be available all together like this again. 

Get this once-in-a-lifetime deal before the sale doors close! 

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