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Diana Speck
Diana Speck
697 Points

Web Design certification for getting a job

I have been building web sites for 20 years as a hobby. This past fall I took a class for my Computer Science degree in web development so my knowledge in web coding is extensive (while pretty basic). I'm trying to put myself through school and I need a job, but my question is that how do I prove to a company that I know what I'm doing when it comes to HTML coding and I'm worth hiring? Is there a certification test I can take here on Treehouse? I'm trying to finally get some experience in my field of study so when I graduate, it won't be so difficult to find a job.

1 Answer

Hey Diana!

I would suggest looking into expanding your personal portfolio. The simplest way to show off your skills is to build websites using in-demand technologies. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript knowledge are the baseline of a good front-end developer, and you can learn different libraries and tools (React/Angular.js) to expand your arsenal.

Treehouse offers courses in both front-end and back-end technologies. If you want to be a "full stack" web developer, you'll need both. There are also courses on web design, which deals with the beautifying of web pages, in the Web Design track.

If you have the ability to pay $200/month, you can sign-up for Treehouse's Techdegree program. The Techdegree program is a structured curriculum with multiple projects you can add to your portfolio, a proctored exam at the end, and a certificate.

When you think you're able to deploy your skills on external projects, try to find local businesses or non-profits who want you to create websites for them, either as voluntary or paid work. You can add all of those final products to your portfolio to showcase to employers.

Hope this helps! :-)