Hey everyone. I've got a big post for you guys here, so grab your popcorn and get comfortable. I'd really appreciate your time and input as I express some things that mean quite a bit to me, especially in this funky time we live in. So, I've been plinking around with game development for a long time, years in fact. I probably have dozens of little prototypes, a couple of game jams under my belt, and a couple of tiny things I stuck on Itch.io that I enjoyed working on. I've worked on lots of different types of games and mechanics with a few different engines and languages (Game Maker with GML[which I understand is similar to Ruby], Godot with Python, and especially recently Unity with C#) I feel really content having those experiences and saying that I can code with industry-grade languages. But, as with all things, time goes on and priorities change. Having burned through most of the cash I earned working in high school, I'm taking a warehouse job and putting serious thought into my future career. Having loved computers and game development throughout my life, IT seems like a natural field of choice. So I guess therein lies the problem: the field of IT seems WAY bigger and WAY more complicated than I had really thought before. To a newb looking into it like myself, it seems like this massive complex of terms and infrastructures that I can't seem to get my head around. I understand that it's normal for a beginner to be overwhelmed at this stuff, but I at least need some kind of map or compass to help me get navigated. It seems like my fundamental understandings of programming like what I learn in game development or even at something like Code Academy are minuscule compared to a ton of abstract concepts like "API", "Library", "Application", "Database", "Front-End", "Back-End", etc. I guess my real concern is this: I've got NO CLUE where my skillset of floats and bools and if's and else's and returns land on this foreign map. I have so many questions but don't know really where to start or where to look for someone at my level. How does someone like me move from basic game development coding to starting some kind of a professional career in IT? What area of IT does my understanding of programming fit into? Where could I go to find out more about how all these parts fit together? What certifications could be good to earn from where I am? What projects could I explore to practice these concepts and stretch my reach beyond game dev? I know I sound ultra-noob not fully understanding a lot of this, but I'd really appreciate any insight you guys might have in your experience and careers. Thanks for your time, guys.