How to become a web-developer?

In this series we interview young professionals who give you insight to live and learn about the real life world of your dream careers.

Below is the interview by Shivraman Iyer, a professional website developer telling about the fascinating and magical world of website development.

Tell us a little about yourself (Where are you from, Describe what your job is, what it is about and how long you’ve been at it, etc.)?

My ancestors are from Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, but I was born in Chandigarh and have lived most of my life in Vadodara. I am a Website Developer, specifically a Full Stack Developer.

What that entails for me is to create sites for my clients and deliver them in the agreed timeframe. The sites could range from a single page site to a really complex E-Commerce platform. If you can think it, chances are I can build it.

I have been doing it for nearly 5 years professionally but been building sites as a hobby for a lot more.

Why did you want to become a Website Developer? When did you know it was what you wanted to do and how did you find your way into this line of work?

As a kid, I was fascinated by computers functioned and how a few simple lines of code could creating something amazing. If I recall correctly it was 11th standard, when I first realised that this was what I wanted to do for the foreseeable future.

Not websites per se. As for creating websites just came in to being due to how my career moved. It just felt like the way I wanted to move a few years back.

Tell us about how a normal workday of yours would look like?

A normal day for me consists of going through the design notes from our design team and construct sites on the basis of these notes. Sometimes, it can have a bit of issue fixing on client sites. But mostly I am either creating a new site or building a new feature for an existing one.

What’s the best way to prepare to become a Website Developer? What courses should you do and what kinds of experiences and skills should you seek?

The starting point is always to learn the basics of websites and the technologies that they are built upon. According to me the first place to go for this is www.w3schools.com and start with HTML, CSS and JS basics. Once you have done that, head to freecodecamp.org.

These two are really good starting points and once you are comfortable with your grasp of the tech, you can go for more specific courses based on your likings.

What kinds of employment opportunities are there for Website Developers? Who are your employers — universities, private companies, government or freelancing?

For any programmer there is a wide range of choices of employment. Full-time, part-time, remote, freelancing and a lot more.

Everyone needs a Website developer today but it is majorly private companies that come across as the most wide-spread of employers.

Where can one see themselves after 10 years in the job?

If not starting their own business, then one can see themselves in a Managerial position in a good firm after 10 years in the field.

What is the best part of your job?

I get to play god with these websites. Jokes apart, best part form me even today is the chance to create some amazing websites and see them being used by a lot of people in the world.

What is the worst part of your job?

That would be the constant sitting in a place and staring at a screen. Not the most comfortable thing to do.

What is the work/family/life balance like for you?

I work eight hours a day, five days a week. So I would say my work/family/life balance is quiet good. It is the same for most of the people in the IT world.

What would you say to all those aspiring to enter the profession?

Never stop learning. This is an ever evolving field where new things can just keep popping in front of you and if you don’t keep up, you might feel overwhelmed.

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