I'm currently a mid level Back-End developer Java / SQL / XML looking to transition into a Front-End role (React). I'm self taught in HTML/CSS/JS and currently learning off of Udemy (and other online tutorials).
In order move like this, would I have to move laterally (mid-level or lower) or take contract work to make this happen?
Also, a lot of companies want industry experience with React(and other front end libraries). How can I get industry experience if I don't have industry experience?
My current job writes a lot of their own libraries (they don't embrace open source so much) so I can't ask for a project that uses open source tools that I'd like to work with.