I have more than 3 years of experience in IT.
Sometimes I personally feel that I lack proper guidance as my surroundings are not providing me that much exposure and most of the professional people around me are not tech enthusiasts.
I always keep on learning and investing in things on my own over the internet. I love to follow the stack sites and do some coding stuff at various sites like codeacademy/learn street etc. for more technologies like ROR/JS/PYTHON etc.
These sites provide only basic implementation of these technologies. However to meet the industry requirement we need to work and implement the concepts in real life problems. This is the area where I find myself totally helpless.
I discussed this with my seniors on the team, but they are not ready to try the latest technologies or to implement the things in other technology apart from thr basic work structure.
I checked over the internet that there are a lot sites for Freelancing work. This is not what I am looking for, as there we have to provide them a solution in a particular constraint and there is a risk of failure.
What I am looking for are some types of forums/sites/groups etc where these kinds of applications can be built just for enhancing skills. Whether money is involved or not doesn't matter a lot. It's just the learning that is important to me at this stage.
Kindly suggest how can I prove myself in the most dynamic industry.
And yes I am not a ninja in coding but a constant learner with a +ve approach.
Let me know your thought and suggestion as my geographic conditions is not providing me that much exposure.