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    It doesn't look like I'll be a web designer after all.

    Or web programmer, for that matter. I am nearly done with school (1.5 semesters to go) and am working at an internship which has already hired graphic design and computer science majors from my university. Those guys and gals are also graduating soon, and unless I want to spend 4 more years at my uni, I'm not going to head down the career path they're going.

    Admin assistants know how to use the web, but my career goal is not business admin, it is corporate communications or public relations, depending on the classes I take next year.

    Which leads to my question: How can writing and communication professionals integrate web design with their current careers?

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    Which careers are specifically for people who don't have a graphic design/comp sci degree and are not 100% fluent in AJAX/user interface design mapping but are still able to code a web page and are familiar with web communication?

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    Its quite difficult to answer

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    What schooling are working on now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsoner View Post
    How can writing and communication professionals integrate web design with their current careers?
    I am not entirely sure as far as "web design", writers tend to go into the copywriting, journalism, blogging and editing positions on the web providing the content that websites serve (which is a decent career in itself) and communication professionals might go into the social media and marketing fields... perhaps you could offer some kind of marketing services which includes copywriting and social media involvement (essentially providing sites with the content and exposure to boost their rankings).

    Quote Originally Posted by samsoner View Post
    Which careers are specifically for people who don't have a graphic design/comp sci degree and are not 100% fluent in AJAX/user interface design mapping but are still able to code a web page and are familiar with web communication?
    samsoner, lots of freelancers dont have degrees, and AJAX isn't something that every website needs, you seem to be slightly confused into what defines website design. Most websites use HTML, CSS, the odd bit of JavaScript (sometimes with frameworks) and some server-side scripting... AJAX is not a requirement and neither is UI mapping (theres plenty of people who do spec work and just code to other peoples design requirements). You could basically go into any field of design or development... just ensure you keep your knowledge up-to-date and produce a high quality portfolio of work so that others will see what skills you can offer.

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    @ Toni: Corporate communications, but I have a choice to take Public Relations or Journalism, which will involve a max of 6-7 more classes versus 4 with corporate communications. My parents are pressuring me to graduate asap

    @ AlexDawson: Thanks for the comparison between writers and communication professionals. How stable are social media/online marketing careers? And what's the learning curve like? I have a profile, a use Twitter and Facebook, but I am not really a social media guru.

    And between writers and online comm. professionals, who are the most likely to find a job this Friday? (if a graduate were to apply online or at a job fair)

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsoner View Post
    @ AlexDawson: Thanks for the comparison between writers and communication professionals. How stable are social media/online marketing careers? And what's the learning curve like? I have a profile, a use Twitter and Facebook, but I am not really a social media guru.
    It's hard to measure stability to be honest because I don't really come from a marketing / social media background (though I am working hard on changing that for my business) however that's not to say they don't have longevity, I know for a fact that social media is the fastest growing field in the web industry with social networks (and how to take advantage of them for business) being something which evolves on a daily basis. If you study social networks, how people use them to communicate and then design a model for promoting a business successfully through it (like how usability experts observe and understand behavior) you could probably make a fortune, the problem with social media companies at the moment is everyone is so busy trying to expand the web with new services there aren't that many people who actually have a business evolved around how to use these services to gauge user interest and promote businesses.

    I would say that the learning curve with social media like any web career is very steep not in the complexity but the need to get to grips and evolve very quickly to new services as they arise, but if you thrive on a fast paced career then you could do well. I would take this time to separate social media and marketing because the truth is while social media is a form of marketing it's pretty impossible for most people in marketing (who focus on the offline) to adapt that quickly to the fields of SEO (search engine optimization) and SMM (social media marketing - not sure if that's a proper acronym but it works!), I tend to split those three down the line as three separate careers as each has a very explicit focus and most people tend to specialise in one of them rather than all of them (purely due to the volume of new techniques to learn). Hope some of this is helpful and clears up some of your questions

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    Honestly, you are progressing. Just the fact that you now know that this field may not be for you may improve your life quality by choosing another field.

    Believe me, there are many who got into this IT field only because of $$$ and high demand of jobs. They often get frustrated when they have to learn something "new". They become more dependent on super coder. They become nuisances to other team members. They would end up hating their job and quit!

    Now do you want to be this person?


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