First of all, apologies if it isn't the right place to write this. I've been following StackExchange for years, but I just decided to sign up and I'm not familiar with posting.
I'm a web developer from Spain. I have almost 4 years of experience. I had the chance of starting working in a Marketing Agency where we made custom solutions based in Wordpress for different clients. 4 years afterwards, I keep doing the same.
For example, I make courses all the time with platforms as Udemy. I learned Docker, and I use it for my developments. I learned EcmaScript6, and I replaced jQuery. I learned VueJS, including it in some minor projects that allowed me to use it. I learned Laravel, but I wasn't able to find a project that could match something like it. There are many more other technologies I try to learn.
I jumped over to other companies, but everytime I try to get another job, only Wordpress job offers are open for me. No one will give me the chance of applying the technologies I learned for the first time, or learning with them.
Most of the times the company will stop the contact once they hear the word "Wordpress" in an interview. Some other times, I make it to the test, where I fail (unless it's a Wordpress job position).
Fortunately, in every job I've been (3 jobs so far), my bosses and teams have been quite happy with my job, but I just need a different type of challenge, outside Wordpress.
It doesn't help either that I work alone in the projects I do. I can't learn from other programmers.
Until very recently I wasn't sure if I should go for Front-end of Back-end, I decided to focus on Front-end, and that's where I'm applying lately. Guess that's a small but important step in my career.
I know I have a lot to learn, and I won't stop investing my spare time in online training, but with the kind of projects I get, I find quite difficult to use these technologies the way I should be using it, and I lack of a more general understanding of big projects and infrastructures.
Has anyone being in a similar position? How do you get out of this? Sometimes I thought of dropping out of working for a year to focus on training, making a big project to learn and exhibit in Github, but it's money I lose, and being hired while not having a job becomes really difficult.
Hope I explained myself correctly, english is not my mother tongue.