I hope I can ask this here, but really I just want a watercooler discussion on the topic.
Anyway, I am interested in web design/programming as a career (I do IT now), but not sure how to get my foot in the door. I know programming doesn't tend to require degrees or years of college time (I don't have a degree), but at the same time how do I get formal training in programming that is worth something to a business? Certificates are not looked upon as all that special, so what do I do, go find random PHP bootcamps to round out my skillset and knowledge?
I'm curious if you guys have some websites/links/schools/bootcamps/training programs or basically know of any decent way to improve my skillset that is worthy to a business and can land me a job. I'm not too interested in single-focuses, cubicle-based programming, but more informal, involved in the larger structure, design, planning, ideas, as well as the programming side of things. I don't want to be a cog in the wheel, but part of the engine and drivers seat.
Any thoughts and ideas are welcome. Thanks!