You’ve got a problem. You want to become a web developer. But, as a mom, you don’t have any experienced in the technology industry. What can you do?
The good news is that the web development industry is one of the least regulated industries out there. That means that you can take steps to get into the industry, even if you don’t have much in the way of experience. Here are some steps you need to take if you want to become a bona fide web developer.
Step 1: Define What It Is That You Do
Before you start spending money on courses and going to interviews, you need to think about what kind of web development you want to do. Do you want to do all the back-end development of sites and HTML5 coding? Or do you want to build the frontend and craft visually stunning websites for people? Are you more interested in design? Or do you want to work on the way in which the interface operates? The best way to get hired in the industry is to specialize in a specific area and then grow your service offerings from there. The more focused you are in a single area, the more attractive of an employee you’ll be.
Step 2: Pinpoint Your Weaknesses And Get The Right Training
Step 3: Build Your Case And Market
If you want to build a web development business quickly, the best route is to build a compelling case. But how do you do that? Thanks to the power of the internet, building a public portfolio has never been easier. You can do pro-bono projects for your friends and family to start off. And then you can showcase these projects to show off the work that you can do. You can also build you own projects and show what you’ve achieved, just through tinkering and developing your own skill set. Finally, you can volunteer to create sites for new, non-profit ventures and build a portfolio that way. In return for free work, your colleagues should promote you on Linkedin and Facebook. They should also write positive reviews for you on Google and other review sites.
Step 4: Build Your Online Presence
Being a successful web developer is about networking as much as it is about anything else. Almost all positions in the industry are filled through the referral system. Very few come through traditional channels, like job sites. However, it won't hurt if you still look for a list of software engineering jobs online. Going through resources such as these will give you a better chance of finding a job in no time.
One of the best ways to get noticed is to connect with other people at conferences. Another great way is to get your name out there online through things like web conferences or Skype calls. Don’t bother just putting your resume on Monster and hoping somebody will find you. They won’t.