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Getting a Career as a Web Developer

by Aimee Tacchi

Posted on 22 April 2016

So you want a career as a Web developer? Let me tell you how I got into it. I'm Aimee and at 31 years old I have just started my new career as a Junior Website Developer at IO42. It has been a long and hard journey to get where I am today.

So let me go back to the beginning. I have been into web design and development for around 10 years and I started out teaching myself HTML.

HTML is the first main language you need to learn to be able to create a very basic static looking website. While learning myself this in my spare time I also took on a part-time college course being taught HTML, Dreamweaver and Flash to gain some qualifications so it would make my CV look good.

After that I really wanted to get a job in this industry because I thought it would be really interesting and I had really enjoyed learning to code. So to learn more I decided to sign up on a self-funded distance learning Web development course learning HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and a few other bits like JavaScript.

After learning HTML, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the next language you need to know to be able to style your website. Once you have learnt these two languages you can create some beautiful looking static websites, from there I started to build a portfolio to showcase my work I had done.

The hardest part I have found is getting a job in a company, I had applied for lots and lots of Web Design/Development jobs over the years and most I never heard back from, a lot of companies want people with experience but you can't get the experience unless you are given it right.

Last year I thought I should update my existing website to make it responsive so it would work on mobile devices and look a lot nicer than it was. So I started to learn how responsive design worked, this is where you have media queries in your code and your website responds to the size of the browser window. So while I was working full time doing an online marketing job, I was learning in my own time still trying really hard to get the dream job I wanted. Building a website is like making a jigsaw to me, you have to put all the pieces together to create something beautiful.

I started getting interviews but then it would seem that I didn't have enough industry experience. Earlier on in the year I got invited to an interview with Robert Hyde at IO42 a small Web Design/IT company which was great as this has lead me to my first full time role as a junior web developer.

Under the watchful eye of Rob I will learn to code some great websites, I have been here three weeks now and already I have learnt many new things and started building my second website. So if you are like me, don't give up, keep trying, keep learning and keep loving what you are doing!

I hope to become a great web developer in the near future with Robs help and build some fantastic looking websites that Simon and Luke will be designing and passing onto me to code. You can't just slap something together in 5 minutes and there you go, it's a well thought process. It takes a lot of time and hard work to create beautiful looking websites. I look forward to learning more in the ever changing world of Web development.

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