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That's a good idea. I did the University of Maryland Coursera course and I liked it a lot:
Sure, sorry for the delay. I built an extremely basic portfolio website to show all the apps and describe them, however it's no longer online and I've lost the assets unfortunately.
Followed by all the apps I created as part of the courses below. They were all basic apps, I just listed what I learnt and added a few screenshots. At the end of the courses you'll have a nice amount of projects to show off.
Courses: https://www.mooc-list.com/course/creative-serious-and-playfu... (No longer available), https://www.coursera.org/learn/android-programming, https://www.coursera.org/learn/android-programming-2, Followed by a couple of these beginner courses: https://www.udacity.com/courses/android
Do you have "free" time after work?
If you have a decent programming foundation, I'd look into Android programming or other reasonably-paying skillset that you could use after hours.
One of my classmates started doing Android apps, the first year she ended up earning close to U$ 600/month extra, but now she makes U$ 2000/month extra, for 20 hours of work each week or so. (I'm in Uruguay, U$ 2000 monthly is more than a junior dev's salary).
I took the Coursera classes, and I'm going to release my first app sometime next month :)
There used to be plenty of "income reports" here on Hacker News from people that launch their own apps, it's certainly not overnight success, but the timeframe is significantly lower than 45 months :) . Plus, if you get good at it, you can do freelancing.
⬐ royunprofiledYes, that is an option I am considering. Thank you for the suggestion.
There's a course called Programming Mobile App for Android offered through Coursera that will be started soon. By looking at the syllabus, it focuses on Android ecosystem (UI, Gestures, Notification, Location) instead of the Java programming. You might want to brush up your Java knowledge prior to taking the class. I think it is very helpful if you don't have experience in developing modern mobile app (iOS, Android).
There will another more advanced course to compliment this called Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Mobile Devices and Clouds - https://www.coursera.org/course/posa
Here's the news about these courses - http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/09/vu-maryland-mooc/