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Matthew Smart
Matthew Smart
12,567 Points

Will i get a job?

Hi Guys, i want to get into web development as a career. (Front end development).

Im 19 years old, studied a 2 year level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (which was IT in general).

After this it took me 6 months to actually get a job in IT as a 1st line support technician. I have been in this role now for 6 months and really hate it. The problems are all the same everyday and its not pushing me.

I have had an interest in web development for around 3 years now. However i have no experience within a developing job role.

Also to add to the pain, I have only one website to my name, ass all the other ones i have developed where either stopped half way through or i didnt like them

To be honest other than one website i dont have anything to showcase my skills as ive been learning for 3 years on small projects and abandoning them when ive learnt what i need to know.

My skills: HTML 9 / 10 CSS 8 / 10 Javascript 3/ 10 Jquery 5 / 10 Ajax 1 / 10 PHP 4/ 10 MYSQL 1/10 (basic knowledge of how it works) Photoshop 5 / 10

These skills i have rated as a true representation of my skills and haven't lied to make my self look good. Although my 9 / 10 could be worth 3 / 10 for a great developer probably.

Does anyone think i could get a job in front end developing any time soon?

Shariq Shaikh
Shariq Shaikh
13,945 Points

Just curious, how can your javascript be a 3/10 and jquery be a 5/10? I honestly want to know if I'm missing something, thanks.

Matthew Smart
Matthew Smart
12,567 Points

basically because when im creating an interactive page im using jquery alot more than just pure Javascript as i prefer it, and it works for everything i have tried to do so far.

I supose you could just say javascript/jquery are classed as just javascript but syntax's are different

2 Answers

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw
26,650 Points

Hi Matt,

Indeed you can, I started out in a similar way as you, I had no prior experience, unlike you I had no IT credentials to show I'd completed a course/diploma however I managed to get myself a 2 week trial at a fairly new company just to see how I fit in and what they thought of me as I didn't have any experience working in a digital environment and the lack of credentials didn't help.

To put a long story short I ended up staying there for 10 months as a contractor earning more money than I knew what to do with as an 18 year old but sadly they lost their biggest client so I had to move on, luckily I was able to continue freelancing for the sister company in another state but of course that only lasts as long as you have work so I began to start searching and got into contact with a producer from my first company and I got lucky again and began freelancing for one of Australia's most well know companies; George Patterson Y&R.

Cutting another long story short I was offered a full time position 5 months later which allowed me to continued working on their larger clients for a good 3 years, however that came to an end as well not because of any particular reason but because I was looking for something new again.

I now work for Authentic Entertainment and have for 2 months and am absolutely loving it, been able to work on new clients is always great as you get to learn and understand something all over again and getting used to a new work environment always puts you in that mindset of when you first started.

What am I trying to say?

Don't give up or let others tell you can't achieve something, I pushed hard through the wall and it's landed me in a position where I went from a junior to a mid level developer and on my way to a senior developer very quickly.

Andrew Shook
Andrew Shook
31,709 Points

My story is similar to Chris's, except I started at 27 after 9 years in the US Army. My high school had a tech. center where I took classes in C, PHP, HTML, CSS, and JS. After not having used them any of the skills I learned in high while in the Army I still managed to land a job. Not a great job, but it paid the bill. I started taking classes here and other places online and 2 year later have a great job. I have found during my time in the industry that there are a lot more jobs than there are people to fill the positions ( at least in the US). I read an article this year, around the time colleges had graduation, that said something along the line of "For every 1 computer science graduate there 4 available jobs". That means a lot of employers are willing to take a risk on someone with no formal education simply because they need skilled works, doesn't matter if those skill were self taught or not.

Logan R
Logan R
22,989 Points

"For every 1 computer science graduate there 4 available jobs"

I hope that statistic stays around for a while. I'm at college right now for Computer Science :)

Andrew Shook
Andrew Shook
31,709 Points

Well the stat was based on 2013 or 2012 info compiled and analyzed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (its take a while to gather all that info). Anyways, I've only meet one person in two years of work who had a degree in CS or web design/development, everyone else was self taught. I should note Logan that that stat was for the USA and was a nation wide stat. It doesn't mean there will be that many jobs available where you go to school or your home town, but good luck all the same.

Andrew Shook
Andrew Shook
31,709 Points

This isn't the article I read but it's a website maintained by a Calvin College and uses data from the BLS for its projections.