If you are taking the time to read this post then you are more than likely at a point where you are considering becoming a Web Developer. As in every journey it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start and moreso what to do to enable you to reach your aspirations. This blog is designed to help you make your web development dreams a reality.
Step 1: Deciding That You Want To Be a Web Developer
As with any journey the first step is deciding that you want to become a Web Developer. What this encompasses is researching the roles that you are interested in, seeing what is required and finding out information such as starting salaries (between £20,000 and £50,000 doesn’t sound too bad, does it?), working environments and career progression amongst other things. Here at The Training Room we recommend sites such as The National Careers Service or Plotr for a good overview of the job industry and the roles available.
Step 2: Making Sure That You Are a Good ‘Fit’ For Web Development
As with any career there are traits which will make you more suited to a career in web development. A passion for all things tech is a good place to start, along with an analytical mind. A good problem solver would be an excellent fit for a career in web development. Alongside the various ‘core’ competencies, a willingness to work on a computer and spend a long time sitting down indoors are a must.
Of course, there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ traits for a career in web development if it is something that you are passionate about, however, there are those - some of which are listed above - which may make you a better fit for this career path.
You can find out more about the traits suited to a Web Developer on Plotr or The National Careers service website.
Step 3: Getting Qualified as a Web Developer
By the time it comes to getting qualified as a Web Developer, as aforementioned, you may have already had the opportunity to play around with some coding tutorials on line and to get a feel for it. If not, don’t worry the most important thing is passion.
In the UK to become a Web Developer it is normally necessary to hold an IT-related qualification such as a foundation degree, degree or HND in a related subject. That said for those just starting out in their IT careers it is more than possible to take other courses which will give you the necessary footing for a junior web development career.
Once in work there is normally on-the-job training which will help to further your development.
The Training Room offer a web development course which is designed to give you the core competencies which you will need to secure a junior position. The Innovate Awarding Level 3 in Web Design and Development, offered by The Training Room focuses on teaching you exceptional programming skills alongside giving you the ability to find creative solutions to problems. This course is Ofqual regulated, meaning that it is highly recognised and respected within the industry.
You can read more about The Training Room’s web development course in our blog post, here .
Step 4: Study in Your Own Time
The course offered by The Training Room is on a E-learning basis. What this means for you is flexible learning which fits around you and your commitments.
Using our state-of-the-art e-learning platform you will have 12 months to complete your course at your own pace. As you are in control of your start and finish dates it is easy to slot the course around your current job, social and home-life commitments.
E-learning with The Training Room gives you access to all the materials you need, as well as your own dedicated tutor for any extra help which you need.
Step 5: Specialisation
You may choose an area to specialise in, for example: front-end development if you are more creative, or back-end development if you prefer the technical aspects. In addition, there are many different routes which you can take with a web development qualification, such as turning your newly acquired skills to mobile development or software development.
Furthermore, you can also specialise in different front-end frameworks and, for back-end development you can specialise in the various technologies which are used; php, C# or asp.net to name a few.
Step 6: Getting Your Career
You’ve qualified! Well done.
Now to find a job, with web development there are various opportunities which are available to you. Many web developers find work either in-house at various companies, within agencies or even on a freelance basis - there are loads of opportunities within this field which are yours for the taking!
You could even choose to work abroad as the languages used for coding are universal!
Whatever you decide to do, when you choose to do a course with The Training Room you are safe in the knowledge that from registration, for 3 years you will receive our superb career support to help connect you with opportunities.
Step 7: Getting Down To Business
This step will largely depend on if you are employed or self-employed.
Employed: The first few months that you work you should take every opportunity to progress, learn and grow within your role. Take this opportunity to start building your skills up - many companies and agencies will pay for on-the-job training so take advantage of this and build your skills. This will also allow you to learn real-life on-the-job training which will benefit you throughout your career.
Self-Employed: Firstly, there are all the legalities which must be dealt with when setting up your own business, this includes all the relevant paperwork including tax and insurance. Information about being self-employed can be found here . After you have set up your business you must market your services (this may include building your own website, placing ads in the local paper or setting up a Facebook business page etc.) and you must work on growing your client base.
Step 8: Reap The Rewards
Once you’re established within your career it’s time to start reaping the benefits.
Aside from the obvious attractive pay-packet, there are other less obvious perks to life as a Web Developer. Flexibility is a big perk to being a Web Developer - not all web developers work in a office, all you need is a computer and you’re good to go.
In addition, if you’re the sort of person who thrives on the acquisition of new knowledge and are hungry to learn then this career path is an excellent choice with opportunities to learn and develop around every corner.
You can read more about the perks of life as a Web Developer here .
Step 9: Continue To Learn
As the IT and tech industries continue to evolve alongside technology continuing to learn once in work is important. Additional courses to stay up to date with any advances in the industry are recommended and as aforementioned, if you work within a business this training will often be funded by your employer.
In the world of web development you will always be learning as it is a constantly evolving field.
Step 10: Celebrate!
You’ve done it! It’s been hard work getting here but you’ve successfully launched your career in web development. Well done.
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