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    Exclamation A Career in Web Development

    Hi,
    I've recently decided to move toward a career in Web Development as that's what i'm most comfortable in. I own my own website & learning new web technologies is something I've learned I have a passion for. I have a BS in Computer Science and have a full-time job as THE software Application specialist of the company however recently i've discovered that I am not happy because I miss working with the web. So I decided to start working toward a career change. It's been hard because I work Mon-Fri 8-5 so my options are limited to those for the learning professional.

    A few months ago I began looking and found TechSkills. They offer a certificate program for web development and are in my area so I have online AND campus support(Charlotte, NC). However they do not have federal funding so that was out.

    A few weeks ago I began looking again online for possible options. At first I was looking at a Bachelor Degree in Web Development from Baker College however someone advised me not to get another Bachelor Degree because I wouldnt be advancing tho their course outline had everything I wanted to learn in it including Visual Basic, C++, Web Applications, Web Databases, HTML, XML, PHP, Databases, linux/unix, server administration and the list goes on.

    After looking even more today I found a Masters Program in Web Development at Devry University & that caught my eye and they have a campus in my area. However after looking at online reviews i've seen that they are one of the least respected online universities by employers. Sad to say my excitement ceased.

    I'm at a loss. I also found a few websites that say that online graduate programs are more respected than BS online programs. All I want is a career in web development!! So I decided instead of going to online university review sites where the reviewers are from all different types of programs, to go directly to the people who are doing what I want to do!!

    I'm open to any opinions & suggestions about how & WHERE to start my web development career. Please help!! Sorry this is so long, just wanted to give you the full picture. Thanks in advance!!

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    Have you considered working freelance? I've been working freelance developing and maintaining websites for 3-4 years now. I found that once I had a few solid clients, more and more kept coming my way from referrals. It got to the point where I had to begin turning down work, as I was always really busy. And if work slows down, I can always use the time to develop sites of my own that will earn money. Working freelance also offers a lot of freedom. I currently work on the road, while all my clients are in Canada. I travel the world and work at the same time. Working freelance isn't for everybody, but I can tell you first hand that it rocks!

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    I bet freelance does rock lol. However it's not for me. that's not something I can do at this point. With my current job I wouldn't be able to promise someone i'm doing a website for that i'd have it done in a fair and timely manner. Plus I would like to continue with some sort of formal training & education in the field so that maybe I can get an entry level position with a company and ONE day start my own... then freelance would be for me. I was hoping that someone would recommend some sort of program or cert that would be beneficial to me. Maybe CIW or MCAD... I dont know... Whats best for this career path?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass84
    Whats best for this career path?
    Man, there are many, many paths.

    In the web design field especially, I'm sure you'll find most were self-taught. It's the nature of the field, and therefore employers generally don't automatically dismiss you for not having certificates in hand.

    Your entry point into a company is your issue here, but if you're good at what you do, and can produce evidence of such, then you'll succeed regardless.

    Me for example, I was schooled as a graphic designer and, just through curiousity, taught myself HTML and CSS from online tutorials. With that I was able to land a job in a corporate web design company. Working in the field I learnt all the other techniques and now do this full time with no formal training at all !!


    Edit:

    Okay, the process wasn't quite so easy, but I'm trying to be brief.

    A good work ethic and perseverance will carry you far. ;)


    The problem is this, though... I don't know what it's like where you're from, but here the competition for graphic and web designers is incredible!!... There are tonnes of us. 95% have no talent at all (speculative percentage), but it's very very easy for someone to rope you in with the no-talent batch... especially if the first words out of your mouth are "I'm self taught".

    Hence, I'll say it again...

    If you're good at what you do, and can provide evidence of such, you'll succeed regardless.




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    writing skills are needed too, so u know

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