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Yemaya ReCourses Plus Student 1,922 Points
Advice: First design/developer job
Can anyone give advice on when someone may be 'ready' to apply for first job in design/development? I can build a decent functional website with HTML and CSS and I'm now working my way through this JS track and it's going well, however, there are so many little things I'm still unclear on regarding development in general. I'm VERY eager to get on my feet and on my own, needless to say, I could use a better job sooner than later. When should I start applying? When do you think someone is ready?
Also, I know a couple of job titles are junior/associate web developer. But I also kept seeing software engineer... is that the same thing? What other job titles would you recommend to someone who is just starting out?
You may not be able to answer all of my questions but any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much team!
stjarnanFront End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 56,488 Points
I disagree with Tianni, I didn't feel like I was ready when I got my first job but in hindsight I really was. The chance is that you will never feel entirely ready.
My recommendation would be to start applying for jobs, and to keep learning. Make sure that you have a portfolio containing some of your projects when you start applying for jobs, these are what is going to help you land that job you applied for.
My title is Software Engineer, and my tasks depends on the needs of my team. Some days I get to work on front-end, the next day I might get to work on back-end code. My front-end days include things as SEO, Accessibility and UX, not only the code. And the back-end days often include a lot of decisions on architecture and structure, not only coding.
I hope that helps,
Tianni Myers10,453 Points
If you’re asking yourself if your ready then odds are you are probably not. You need some real world projects in your portfolio so you can have something to talk about at a job interview. Software Engineer is way out of the scoops of Js and front end development so don’t worry about it. Honestly, it all depends on what the job market is like where you live. Do some searches on indeed and read entry level job posts in your area. Search for design/web developers on LinkedIn that are near you and see what their experience or portfolio looks like.