I am a Front End Developer. I have around 10 years of experience in IT/development. Despite that, I am not in a good position in my career. The problem is that I have a big technology gap.
I left my career to raise my kids and then to focus on immigrating to Canada. Meanwhile, I freelanced occasionally and went back to school for a college programming in IT (my first university was in Communications).
The first job I got after college was in software support, totally backend. I missed the Front End but I kept the job for 1 year and a half because it was important for my family and the immigration process.
When we got a permanent residence, I left the job. But at least 6 years had gone without updating my Front End skills. There is a whole new world in Front End Development now! Things I didn't learn in the college program either.
The only job I could get as Front End Dev was in an agency that works with WordPress. I have been working there for more than 2 years now and never learned anything new. We are a team of 4, 2 of us are the owners. The company has 20 years in the market, was always that size, so there is no room for growth.
The owners said they support me to learn new technologies but, we never have time to afford the learning curves.
I found it is difficult to stick to the new concepts when I study occasionally and never have the chance to apply whatever I am studying in my day-by-day work.
I am considering leaving the job to have time to focus on studying and building a portfolio. I asked for advice from a friend recruiter and he said it is easier I get a new job if I am currently working than if I am unemployed.
I am concerned if I will not get any other job soon. At the same time, I have been unsuccessfully trying to get prepared for the market and looking for a new job for more than 1 year. I feel stuck.
I am sorry for this long text. Any advice and suggestion would be welcomed. Have anyone gone through the same situation?
Thanks in advance