So you’ve decided to follow your passion, commit to your career goals and study to become a web developer? First of all, congratulations! It’s a great career to be part of!
If you have yet to sign up to a course, let’s start by giving you a few tips to find the perfect course for you!
Start with the end in mind
When starting your education in web development, it’s important to begin by deciding upon an end goal. Once you’ve decided, write it down and keep it in mind.
Whatever your goal, it’s important to know why
you’re doing this. Not only will this help you to commit to the study time, it will also help to encourage you to stick with it through those difficult times!
Still trying to decide exactly which route you want your IT career to take? Take this quick quiz to find out!
One of the hardest things about studying is finding the time to fit the course around your busy lifestyle and family time. You’ll need to decide whether you want to study in a training academy or take an online course. There’s pros and cons to both so make sure you spend some time weighing out the options before you commit. It’s going to be a big part of your life for a while so it’s important to make the right decision.
Having trouble choosing? Have a look at our guide to online learning
to help you decide if it’s the right option for you.
Get stuck in!
When it comes to all things techy, getting stuck in is the best way to start learning! So alongside your course, make sure you spend a little bit of time each day (or as often as you can) practising your coding skills.
This will help you to understand the process better and you’ll be able to learn much faster by actually doing it, rather than just reading up and trying to remember for next time.
Start small and take your time by experimenting now; learning from the mistakes you’ll make will help you to become a stronger web developer in the long-run!
Alongside the practical elements of your course, why not start building your very own website? You don’t need to set it live, but it will be a great way to flex your coding muscles, make mistakes and have hands-on experience with a site build.
Having the correct certifications are crucial to your career. They show that you are serious about your profession and that you have the relevant knowledge and experience that employers are looking for.
The world of technology is fast paced and having up-to-date certifications will help you to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate that you have experience working with the latest programs and technologies.
Find out why being certified is essential for your it career
There’s never been a better time to begin a career in IT! The demand for web developers is growing every year and according to recent surveys, the average web developer in the UK can earn around £39,000 a year! Obviously, there is much more to this job than just the money; the role is perfect for those with an eye for detail, a creative flair and a passion for problem solving.
Ready to start your exciting journey into web development? Find out which web development certifications will help to get you noticed.
One of the most nerve wracking parts of taking any course is, of course, the exam. After all of that hard work and studying, you don’t just want to pass, you want to pass with flying colours! We’ve all been there, desperately trying to remember all of the bullet points you’ve revised and trying to keep the sweaty palms to a minimum…
Here are some top tips to help you pass your IT exam:
- Create a study schedule and most importantly – stick to it! Choose a place that’s well lit, ventilated, quiet and somewhere you won’t be distracted. A lot of people find it hard to study at home so why not head for your favourite coffee shop or library (just remember to check the quality of their Wi-Fi connection beforehand!)
- If you are studying an online course, set a reminder on your phone to log onto your course each day. This will help you stay on track with your assignments and keeps the information fresh in your mind each day.
- Use a calendar to highlight any deadlines – you’ll be able to see a clear countdown of days to the deadline, this will help to motivate you and make sure you don’t miss it!
- Commit to your schedule – try as hard as you can to set your study time to a certain time or day – this way you’ll have the right mindset as the time rolls around and you’ll be ready to learn!
- Find out which extra materials you may need ahead of time. This will give you the time to buy, borrow or download any books or documents that will help with your studies.
- If you don’t understand something, try writing it down. Sometimes writing down the process helps you visualise the problem in your mind. If you are still stuck, reach out to your tutor! They will be more than happy to go over any areas you find challenging.
- Have goals for each study session. That could be reading a certain book, practising a particular area of coding, or listening to an online lecture. Set out the goals you want to achieve each time you sit down to learn. Not only will this make your study time more fulfilling, you’ll also be making the most of the time you have set aside for your course.
- Quiz and test yourself – one of the most effective means of learning is to continually test yourself. This can improve the amount of information you remember about each subject and you’ll be able to easily identify any areas you may need to spend a little more time on in order to fully understand the assignment.
- Remember to take breaks – studying for a long time can be exhausting. Take frequent breaks to keep your mind clear and your brain active. So go and pop the kettle on, you’ll feel refreshed and recharged after a quick break!
- Use your support network – your tutor will be really clued up on all parts of your course so don’t be afraid to reach out and pick their brains! You’ll gain some useful information and get to discuss the subject area with someone that has the same passions and interests as you! Bonus!
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