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Career help

So far I have been learning on your website for the last 3 months. I am currently on the Web Development track and hoping to finish up front-end by July 10. I am trying to get a job as a junior front end web developer. I just started code 3 months ago and my interests lie in marketing and advertising, so I want to apply what I learn to to advertising and branding.

I graduate at the end of this summer and I am worried I don't have enough experience in this field to get a job.

Do you have any suggestions on next steps, tracks, or anything I should do outside of this?

6 Answers

well if you want to be a front end dev do the front end track next :) and work on your own project.. share on github

I'm doing the track right now and almost done. My question is how to build a portfolio? Fake project.

you're doing the webdesign track.

make your own website or ask friends to make websites for them. For example if you're part of a gym or some football club or a music club/school... offer them to make a website.

Great idea man! Thanks alot

6,232 Points

Been there my fiend lol.

LinkedIn is a good place to get noticed, I made a few sites for friends and family and listed them on my LinkedIn profile and applied my butt off to find a junior position. Had my first interview and got it thankfully! I had made only 2 websites and they were pretty poor, but they saw how passionate I was and how far I had come in a couple of months and they took me on.

Don't worry yourself with qualifications, I think this is why this industry is so exciting, you don't need any qualifications, your portfolio is your qualification. I work with 8 other Developers and only 2 of them did computer science degrees, the others (myself included) were in completely unrelated fields before getting into web development.

If you post on Facebook you are willing to make a site for little or no cash your inbox will blow up. I made a fake website as I did not want the pressure of someone moaning at me if they did not like it to begin with.

All the best!

Shariq Shaikh
Shariq Shaikh
13,945 Points

I really needed to read this, thanks

Conrad Cortes
Conrad Cortes
8,418 Points

You can do what I'm doing, post an add on craigslist and advertise for cheap web designs! This is what is really helping me build a portfolio because I have a hard time just making up websites off the top of my head. This will also look better for your experience because it will show that you can translate other peoples thoughts into a website and not just your own. Plus you can make a few extra bucks while doing this!