Regarding Junior/Trainee WebDesigner Post

Hi all i am posting new update response to this

my question is im abit of the same as the orginal poster only problem is that

I’d like to look into a Junior/Trainee Web Developer role. I have a few questions regarding experience and what employers are looking for.

I am confident with XHTML and CSS, with basic work with Photoshop. I am also confident with PHP, MYSQL,Flash & actionscript.

I’m looking to get into AJax with JQuery but i havnt worked with seo i know alittle bit as i have not done much work with it

Does anyone have any advice? I’m also 22 So what skill level would i be sitting at as i have a diploma in web development and i know abit of flash and actionscript 3 myself

If I’m perfectly honest, the only certification that ever matters in Web Design/Development is a degree, and if anything certification in anything else only highlights your lack of a degree. It’s been discussed time and time again on these boards, and the general consensus is that even though a degree can often be overkill it’s often a minimum requirement for a Web role in most decent-sized companies; job boards will verify this for you.

However, as you’re applying for an entry-level role I think we can safely assume that they’re not looking for a vast body of knowledge from you, and if anything the more you know the better. Job descriptions will usually tell you what you need to know, and if you can demonstrate knowledge in this area then you’ll be fine.

As you’ve stated that you’re applying for a Web Developer role it could be assumed that your company wants programming knowledge. Sadly, a lot of employers hire Web Developers when they’re really looking for Web Designers, and I’ve known people go for Web Dev jobs, only to realise that they’d spend most of their days programming and developing. As a result, if you’re applying for a Web Developer role then you may be applying for a programming role. Good HTML/CSS knowledge is a must, as is workable knowledge of Javascript (jQuery is Javascript, learn Javascript and you know jQuery), but what employers may be looking for is knowledge of one (or more) of the following:

  • PHP: Although it’s nowhere near the best language for the job, PHP is the most popular language used on the Web, and if you want to be a Web Developer then this is probably the best thing to learn.
  • ASP.NET (C# or VB.NET): If you’re working at a company that uses Microsoft servers and Microsoft technologies then it’s safe to say that they’re looking for an ASP.NET developer. Entry-level ASP.NET developers can be very hard to come by as most universities try to keep their graduates away from Microsoft technology, so while there aren’t as many .NET jobs as PHP jobs you’ll find yourself to be just as valuable if you align yourself on the Windows side.
  • Python: Python is a bit of a newcomer to Web Development, but with Django being so popular and Python being such a nice language to code in it’s not shocking that people want to use it and companies that use it swear by it. There are fewer Python jobs around, but if you want to be a good programmer/developer knowledge of Python will help you out loads, and the type of companies that use Python are often start-up’s and other exciting places to work that could work out extremely well for you.

There’s also Ruby, but I don’t have enough experience to really give it justice. It’s in the same boat as Python, although Ruby’s popularity is easing and Python’s is rising. All four are legitimate languages to learn, and it’s really up to you to learn one of them if you want to be a Web Developer.