Here at Bekal Teshome, we make our careers from helping people with their web design needs. If you're a creative person and you'd rather have a career working with computers than testing tamper evident seals in a factory, you might consider following a career in web design as well. We're confident enough in our own work and the value of our company to give you some pointers on how to secure a career in web design, even if it means you might become our competitors. Read on for some tidbits of information on web design careers.
Before you can ever hope to make your career in the field of web design, you need to become proficient in web design. Many people garner this knowledge from years of curiously tooling around and experimenting with programming languages such as HTML and CSS, making websites for their science projects on window weights and online pages for their school basketball team. If you become familiar enough with Java and PHP to start making really cool looking sites, you've probably reached a level of skill that can earn you a career in the field.
Often self-training takes many years of part-time experimentation. If you don't have that kind of time, you can always sign up for a college, university, or career training institute program in web design. Even someone who has previously been a trademark agent in Canada can learn enough for a career in just one year. Even the study-at-home training colleges usually have the program. Some places you might look into include the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Humber College, George Brown University, the Center for Arts and Technology, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Applying for a Job
Because web design is largely a creative pursuit, you'll need more than a degree from a web design school to impress employers. For most web design positions, you'll need an online and offline portfolio to show to your prospective employers. Sample websites you've designed or projects you've done would go in there to show you've got the required skills. You'll also need a portfolio to show clients if you decide to go into business for yourself.
Your tasks as a web designer will be varied. In one day, you might find yourself meeting with the owner of a growers supplies firm to discuss his website, writing code for another client, testing and updating a completed website from another project, and putting together initial sketches for a fourth project. In some cases you may even have to find web hosts in Toronto because your existing one can't meet your company's needs. If you want to start out on your own, you need to find a "niche" that makes you stand out, like Full Contact Marketing, who specializes in Dental Clinics. You'll need to have both people skills and computer skills if you're independent, as well as the ability to multi-task and absorb new information about people's businesses that might help you design their websites.