Technology has completely changed the landscape of pretty much every profession.
Not only does it play a vital role in our work lives, but it has also transformed daily lives as well. Moreover, information technology has opened many doors for a range of different careers, and web development is one of those. Web developers can make things happen and take your business to the next level in this pandemic. Here are 5 steps to start a web development career in 2021.
Web development is one of the most lucrative jobs in the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019, the annual wage of a web designer/web developer is about 74,000 US dollars. It is the process in which you create websites. Web developer jobs require three main specialties that you must be aware of.
If you don’t have any previous experience in web development, then consider following the steps mentioned below.
Once you select the right training tool, it’s important to start creating a portfolio. It will allow you to stand out from the crowd because it will reflect your hands-on experience. Keep in mind that gone are the days in which you had to take pure notes and memorize things. Now what industry specialists and web development professionals need is your practical work and approach to solving problems in logical ways.
Pro Tip: It’s better to create your own website in which you can display your work. Additionally, you can also create a blog to teach other people all the things that you’ve learned so far.
One of the best ways to enhance your online presence as a professional web developer is to create profiles on professional media. By far, the best platform is undoubtedly LinkedIn that allows you to get in touch with the industry professional. Not only does it allow you to update your CV, but it also allows you to apply for web development jobs. You can also monitor the companies you want to work with and find the right people to introduce yourself. This way, it will progress organically and help you to humanize your job search.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to get on the platforms such as GitHub. There are millions of organizations and businesses on such platforms that will allow you to find potential employers.
You can also start your web development career as a freelancer. You can build your profiles on freelancing platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork. Here you can find the clients with little projects. Maybe you can find a client that needs additional functionality on his/her website that requires unique and bespoke coding. You can also find clients who want bug fixes. This way, you can get more reviews on your profile with positive feedback to finally get clients with big projects. It can actually turn out to be your full-time earning source to make a handsome living.
Pro Tip: Explore freelancing platforms such as Fiverr, Upwork and People Per Hour where you can get many giggs to practice your web development skills. You will learn to work under pressure and deliver work with a tight deadline.
Once your online presence is sparkling and you are fully trained as well, you can start conversations with the people that can fully flow. You can also join online portals that will coach you to apply for the web developer jobs best for you. We're still at the point where people hire people, and when you have the required skills and also a portfolio to back your expertise, then starting a professional web development career becomes easy. It allows you to pick the interviewer's brain and answer all of the questions to flatter them.
Pro Tip: Network with experienced web developers and recruiters on LinkedIn to land your dream job. Don't forget to improve your personal branding to stand out from other candidates.
There you have it. Regardless of your current qualification, you can start a web development career in 2021 by following the 5 steps mentioned above. Moreover, you don’t need previous experience for that as well. Make sure you choose the web development specialty that suits you the best.
Anuja is the Co-founder and CEO of RedAlkemi Online Pvt. Ltd., a digital marketing agency helping clients with their end to end online presence. Anuja has 30 years of work experience as a successful entrepreneur and has co-founded several ventures since 1986. She and her team are passionate about helping SMEs achieve measurable online success for their business. Anuja holds a Bachelors degree in Advertising from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chandigarh, India.