Routes into web development: Which path to take?
Making the leap to the world of web development and design can be a daunting prospect owing to the wide ranging technologies, terminology and experience required to prosper in the industry. Fortunately, there are a number of routes available including online courses, higher education, junior positions and self-education. It is important to remember that the vast majority of web developers and designers have both qualifications and experience in IT so the ideal route begins with a course suited to your particular niche or career.
The digital age has enabled talented individuals to use online tools and resources to learn web development and design skills. It is possible to do it on your own, but web development and design is much more than pure coding. A formal education will give you the time and the means to master your programming skills, finding the right solutions to business challenges and preparing you to work on a day by day basis with clients.
It is also a good idea to keep your options open when thinking of future career trajectory. The internet is ubiquitous in almost all modern industries, so experience and skill in web development opens up opportunities in a wide range of sectors. Continuing innovation also continually creates new job roles that simply did not exist a few years ago. A growing sector at the moment is digital security and backup services. A good example is a company such as Black Umbrella, started by Catherine Hooper, a businesswoman dedicated to helping companies protect their assets in the face of natural disasters. As you can see in the article ‘Loving a Madoff’, Hooper has taken her experience in dealing with crisis, and applied it to an innovative business. Start ups such as this offer up-and-coming developers and designers an ever growing pool of opportunity so it definitely pays to think outside of the box when looking for your first professional role.
If you want to become a web developer or designer, you should explore all of the educational options available to you. Higher education will usually provide you with the best qualifications and a great foundation for future success while online courses and tools are ideal for learning the basics of coding and new technologies.