I'm a 17 year old male (going to be 18 on the 8th of this month) and I'm having mixed feelings about doing web design as a career. I have been creating websites since I was around 11 or 12. I have always been self-taught by reading tutorials, viewing sources, and experimentation. I guess a simplier way of putting it is that I have had no formal education.
This coming September, I will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design and I'm interested in a career as a web designer. However, I have been thinking really hard about if it's the right thing or not. I find that it's very demanding to keep up with everything. When I think about all that I might need to know (PHP, CSS, HTML, XML, ActionScript, etc), I start to panic.
I really enjoy creating these sites, but sometimes I fear that I will never become as good as many designers today. I love designing sites, but I've had a designer's block for quite some time now. I just can't find a layout that is acceptable. I find it hard to come up with something new and unique. All the layouts seem to be very similar these days.
I have four years of college ahead and I can't stop asking myself questions like:
- "Do web design firms have people who specialize in one thing or lots of people who specialize in everything?"
- "Should I work in a firm or should I own one? Which will be more valuable?"
- "Will my work be appreciated?"
Whenever I start having doubts about my talent and future, I tell myself that I have had no formal training or education in any of this, I'm only 17 years old, and for my age, I'm advanced. But I still feel pressured with the decision of choosing the wrong career.
I was hoping that maybe some of you who have been in similar situations could offer some advice or words of wisdom. If you'd like to see some of the stuff I've done to better evaluate where I am, feel free to ask. I apologize if some of this is incoherent, it's 2:32AM here and I can't get this off my mind. I tossed and turned in bed a couple nights ago for about an hour worrying.