Web Design

June 22, 2012

The Initial Steps To Becoming A Web Designer

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Speaking as someone that’s got a web designer in the family, I can tell you right now that web design is a lucrative career – as long as you’re willing to work hard at it. My sister set up her own web design company around 10 years ago and has been grafting since then, but not without some excellent results. She’s managed to build a business that now earns her a nice income, so it’s definitely worth the effort if you’re willing to try.

Starting Your Career

Building your own business in this day and age isn’t as easy as it was 10 years ago though, so if you’re looking to get into web design as a career your best bet would be to join a larger, successful company. You’ll be able to find more than enough job opportunities by looking online now, but before you start applying for any jobs you should ensure you’re ready to step into the shoes of a web designer.

Programming Languages

A long time ago being a web designer meant you could use HTML, Dreamweaver and other basic web design tools. Nowadays, if you want to get the job you’re after you’ll need to know HTML, Javascript, CSS, PHP and Flash – all of which will be vital in your role. These are all programming languages that can be used to create web pages and applications and it’s essential that you know them inside out.

Qualifications and Experience

It’s always best to have qualifications showing that you fully understand the ins and outs of these programming languages. Walking into an interview and simply saying that you know how to use them might not cut it. Having clear evidence of your knowledge could put you a step ahead of the competition though.

Another essential is experience. Now, this might seem like a catch 22 scenario, as you won’t be able to get the experience you need without – you guessed it – prior experience, but there is a way that you can get around this problem. You should carry out work for friends and family that need websites in order to build up a portfolio of past work. Design your own website that markets your skills and include it in your portfolio. This way, when you attend your interview, you’ll be able to show a selection of your work.

Conclusions, Keep Up On the Industry and Trends

Finally, to become a web designer, you need to keep a close eye on the industry. Follow the latest updates in the web design industry and keep up to date with any new technologies that are coming out.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a web designer?

Victoria is a freelance helping web designers finding IT jobs London through dedicated IT recruitment consultants

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