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Employers asking for my portfolio of web design/development work
I find this to be an interesting challenge, if I were to succeed in fulfilling my dreams of working as a web developer.
Whilst I'm gaining great value in learning the courses at TeamTreehouse and use them whenever I can to get hands-on coding, and then head out into the job market and inform my prospective employers what is I can do to achieve with my new found skills and talents.. They asked me do I have the portfolio to show them what I've done.
But since I'm just making a 'career' start in becoming a web developer, how is it possible for me to showcase them what I have done, when I don't have enough commercial work experience to begin with?
I'm thinking would it be possible for them to look at my personal web projects that I do (and plan) to achieve as a replacement for any lacking commercial experience I got in building web apps? Do you think this is such a good idea?
Let me know your fresh thoughts on this!
Andrew McCormick17,730 Points
Portfolios are becoming the new "show me your degrees" . Employers want to see what you can do. To an extend a portfolio will show what you have done, but a lot of commercial work my be under NDA anyways. You should take your personal projects and other ideas you have and put them on gitHub or create a simple site with your code samples. Employers want proof that you know what you say you know. I'm actually going through the same thing right now as I begin to change my career. I want to display more than a bunch of Hello World projects, so I'm going to focus the next month or so on searching oDesk and other sites and solving real world problems that people are looking to solve. If you want to go a step farther you could also bid for a few projects on sites like oDesk and do a bunch of those for super cheap to build your Porfirio.
James Barnett39,199 Points
As with any professional job jr. level positions usually want a year usually 2 of experience. It's the classic chicken and the egg problem.
Kevin Korte28,148 Points
Find and solve some real problems for real companies, and put those projects in your portfolio. Stack your portfolio with they type of projects you really want to work on as a career.
If you take a company that is pretty well know for say, and identify some issues with their UI, UX, design, or if you're a backend guy, maybe build a backend for the mockup of the site. You'll show you have vision, skill, etc and if you do mock up projects for real companies, it is easier for employers to see what problem you were solving. Easier to associate, easier for you to sell yourself.