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    Getting a job as a Web Developer

    Hi.
    Is there anyway of getting a job as a web developer without going to college, etc?

    Ive been looking round for a while now. I saw a few jobs i could have got a while ago, but I wasnt very competant with javascript but now im better at it, i cant find any jobs I could get because now theyre all saying they require some experience as a commercial web designer.

    How, if possible can i get a job in web design/development?

    Thanks
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    You either need a degree or lots of experience. If you don't have either one you need to go and get one. Otherwise you'll have to freelance (and get experience).

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    Here's a tip when hunting for jobs -

    - just because your skills don't fit 100% with the description don't ignore it. So long as you have most of the key skills they're after they may still be interested in seeing you

    - so you haven't got any experience? Create your own web site to demonstrate your skills. Keep it updated with new stuff like CSS, scripting or producing images/graphics, anything to show your talents. You can use this as your portfolio and is better than nothing at all!

    - apply for everything. If there's a vacancy for office junior at a web design firm go for it. Once you have got your "foot in the door" you can express your interest in designing and you may get some fill in work while people are on holiday. Impress your employers and your design job may eventually be offered to you.

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    Ok thanks guys.
    Ill keep your tips in mind.
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    Ah ha! Forgot about this thread. Im employed as a webdesigner now.
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    Thats great to hear. May I ask how you got your job? Just following bluedreamer's advice?

    I am in a similar predicament although I am starting university soon.
    "When you say 'I wrote a program that crashed Windows',
    people just stare at you blankly and say 'Hey, I got those
    with the system, for free'." (L. Torvalds)

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    I just asked for an interview, i was asked to create a PSD prior to my interview and i was actually put in for the head designers job lol. But another guy came in and got it. So 2 days later i got a phone call from the company asking me to produce another PSD and to come for a second interview and i got the job.
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    Congrats Michael, well done
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    Congrats on that. it's great to hear stories like this!
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    Nice to hear. It also depends on the area you live in.

    For example if you are the only kid with HTML knowledge in your area then you can be earing $15 USD per hour... but if there was like 100 web designers, most likely you would start with $8 USD .

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    $8 an hour? Might as well just be serving coffee or flipping burgers.
    Good to know things worked out for you, Michael.

    - just because your skills don't fit 100% with the description don't ignore it. So long as you have most of the key skills they're after they may still be interested in seeing you
    I'd follow this. Too often skill requirements discourage the less confident from applying. I took a job that required knowledge of ASP (not .NET). I didn't know it and applied anyway, since I already knew PHP fairly well. I got hired and got eased into ASP with some training.


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