The first steps to become a Junior Web Developer

Recently, there has been a massive increase when it comes to the interest in programming, especially among the people who decided to start learning web development from the scratch

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There are few reasons for that, about what I’m going to talk in my article. In addition to that, I’ll also do my best to give you some crucial advice on what you should be aware of while working in the IT industry and which mistakes you can easily avoid.

We live in a world of unlimited possibilities, mostly thanks to worldwide Internet access and open borders

A variety of factors that regarded not possible for many years now can be achieved in a minute and it’s only up to us if we reach for them. In any moment, in the blink of a watch, we will get in touch with a friend who is heaps of kilometers far from us. Furthermore, if you fancy Thai cuisine, why not to try delicious pad thai served within the streets of Bangkok? It’s up to you, as well as for sure your savings. Anyway, these are simply examples, however, there is an increasing number of them.

Therefore, when beginning a professional career, or even if we have had some experience already, we can choose a job that seemed completely unreachable. More so, when it comes to web development and working in a software house, numerous people still link programmer profession with stereotypes. I was one of those people before I’ve decided to become a Front-end Developer.

Is it easy to begin with programming?

Web developer against bootcamps

A number of the matters I need to discuss had been introduced earlier than in a comprehensive Audrey Watters’ article, who spoke no longer very kindly approximately code schools and boot camps. But, there are factors I’d like to include in this conversation. There has been a huge, continuously growing hype for running as a programmer at some point of the last few years. Like the whole lot, it has its pros and cons.

However, it’s good to ask yourself a simple query. What’s the motive for programming being so popular while for years it turned into seen as a mysterious job that only some had the access to? Certainly, a lot of you were nagged time and again by your mother and father about how tons time you spend on that “goddamn pc”. For them (and reputedly for a lot of you as nicely), spending time the use of the computer way nothing else than playing video games. However, for a lot of us, those video games uncovered something even extra captivating - programming. However why we find it so exciting?

I’ve seen quite a few opinions on how lovely and clean programmers’ work is and how much cash they earn just for doing trivial work. Furthermore, frequently authors of those statements decorate those with quite charts or diagrams that show implausible numbers of how lack of programmers is increasing year by year & how all over the globe it’s supposed to reach a number of 1 billion till the year 2020.

Approximately, 12 months in the past I attended code colleges’ webinars and, lo and behold, before the shows commenced organizers showed us the aforementioned diagrams. However, should’ve they? Do they surely agree with it or just need to draw visitors interest while now not actually telling attendees the reality?

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Let’s once again focus on our careers, or even on our lives in general and ask another question: where did an idea of becoming a programmer come from? If it’s only because of pretty statistics and a recent trend I’ve mentioned previously, you will be completely disappointed and facing the reality may be vastly harmful and discouraging.

However, if you have made your decision because web development was something you wanted to do for a long time, then you’ve made a good decision. Maybe you were like me and every single morning before becoming a programmer you wondered how to survive another day at work? Then the switch to IT industry will make you once again feel satisfied with your work.

So let’s try to answer my main two questions: What you should do to become a web developer? Is it a job suited for everyone? I’ll try to answer this from the perspective of someone who’s been doing something completely different for ten long years.

Beginning your journey with programming is quite easy. However, there are few things you need to be familiar with since there are some beginners’ mistakes that can be easily avoided. I’ve already experienced them so I’d like to give you few pieces of advice and make you look at everything more carefully, maybe with a bit of suspicion - facing reality may not be as pleasant after all.

How to succeed and not to lose all of your money

To start with, let’s focus on how to start programming at the same time as still maintaining some cash on your pocket. The solution may be trivial, but the truth is that we are able to examine the whole lot with the aid of ourselves. Some people may additionally wonder how this may be feasible without graduating from college or a code school. Properly, it absolutely is.

What I’m going to mention now could be essential, but let’s make it clean, it’s my non-public opinion. I think that it’s critical to talk about self-efficiency whilst gaining knowledge of coding on account that a number of capable programmers may not be conscious that it’s possible to obtain. As far as I’m involved, a “DIY technique” may be worth thinking about rather than spending heaps of bucks on from time to time costly schooling.

I’m aware that for a few it’s clearly hard to discover sufficient strength of will, willpower, and motivation to learn everything by oneself. In those cases only working with a committed mentor is effective because they’re those accountable for tracking the progress of learning.

However, even this could be substituted with a vast programmers network. There are numerous places on the net wherein anyone, both experts and beginners will discover an excellent feedback. Social media plays a sizable role in this. There are numerous groups created for programmers who are searching out for assistance.

Visiting those is even extra essential given that eventually, you’ll encounter many troubles that may be quickly solved with the assistance of the community. Whilst those places are specifically for individuals who realize what they are searching out, what approximately the novices that have no idea the way to make the first step? Well, the solution is as easy as it’s miles powerful.

Lately, there was a big growth in relation to the hobby in programming, specifically some of the folks who were determined to start gaining knowledge of web development from scratch. There are a few reasons for that, about what I’m going to speak in my article.

Further to that, I’ll additionally do my best to provide you with some important recommendation on what you should be aware of while working inside the IT enterprise and which errors you could without difficulty avoid.

We live in a world of limitless opportunities, mostly thanks to worldwide Internet access and open borders. A ramification of things that appeared impossible for many years now can be completed in a minute and it’s simplest as much as us if we attain for them. In any second, inside the blink of an eye, we will get in touch with a friend who’s thousands of kilometers far from us. Furthermore, if you fancy Thai cuisine, why not to strive delicious pad thai served in the streets of Bangkok? It’s up to you, as well as for sure your savings. Besides, these are just examples, however, there are more and more of them.

Consequently, while beginning a professional career, or maybe if we’ve had a few experiences already, we can choose a job that seemed completely unreachable. More so, when it comes to web development and working in a software house, numerous people still link programmer profession with stereotypes. I was one of those people before I’ve decided to become a Front-end Developer.

Is it easy to begin with programming?

Web developer against bootcamps

Some of the things I want to discuss were introduced before in a comprehensive Audrey Watters’ article, who spoke not very kindly about code schools and bootcamps. However, there are factors I’d like to include in this conversation. There has been a huge, constantly increasing hype for working as a programmer throughout the last few years. Like everything, it has its pros and cons.

Nevertheless, it’s good to ask yourself a simple question. What’s the reason for programming being so popular when for years it was seen as a mysterious job that only a few had the access to? Undoubtedly many of you were nagged over and over by your parents about how much time you spend on that “goddamn computer”. For them (and apparently for many of you as well), spending time using the computer means nothing else than playing video games. However, for many of us those games uncovered something even more fascinating - programming. But why we find it so interesting?

I’ve seen a lot of opinions on how beautiful and easy programmers’ work is and how much money they earn just for doing trivial work. Moreover, frequently authors of those statements decorate these with pretty charts or diagrams that show unbelievable numbers of how lack of programmers is increasing year by a year and how all over the world it’s supposed to reach a number of 1 billion until the year 2020.

About a year ago I attended code schools’ webinars and, lo and behold, before the presentations started organizers showed us the aforementioned diagrams. But should’ve they? Do they really believe it or just want to attract viewers attention while not actually telling attendees the truth?

A guide on the first steps to become a Junior Web Developer

Let’s once again focus on our careers, or even on our lives in general and ask another question: where did an idea of becoming a programmer come from? If it’s only because of pretty statistics and a recent trend I’ve mentioned previously, you will be completely disappointed and facing the reality may be vastly harmful and discouraging.

However, if you have made your decision because web development was something you wanted to do for a long time, then you’ve made a good decision. Maybe you were like me and every single morning before becoming a programmer you wondered how to survive another day at work? Then the switch to IT industry will make you once again feel satisfied with your work.

So let’s try to answer my main two questions: What you should do to become a web developer? Is it a job suited for everyone? I’ll try to answer this from the perspective of someone who’s been doing something completely different for ten long years.

Beginning your journey with programming is quite easy. However, there are few things you need to be familiar with since there are some beginners’ mistakes that can be easily avoided. I’ve already experienced them so I’d like to give you few pieces of advice and make you look at everything more carefully, maybe with a bit of suspicion - facing reality may not be as pleasant after all.

How to succeed and not to lose all of your money First of all, let’s focus on how to start programming while still keeping some money in your pocket. The answer may be trivial, but the truth is that we can learn everything by ourselves. Some people may wonder how this can be possible without graduating University or a code school. Well, it certainly is.

What I’m going to say now is crucial, but let’s make it clear, it’s my personal opinion. I think that it’s important to talk about self-efficiency when learning coding since a lot of potential programmers may not be aware that it’s possible to achieve. As far as I’m concerned, a “DIY approach” may be worth considering instead of spending thousands of dollars on sometimes pricey training.

I’m aware that for some it’s really tough to find enough self-discipline, determination, and motivation to learn everything by ourselves. In those cases only working with a dedicated mentor is effective enough because they are the ones responsible for tracking the progress of learning.

However, even this can be substituted with a broad programmers community. There a lot of places on the Internet where everyone, both professionals and beginners, will find a brilliant feedback. Social media plays a significant role in this. There are numerous groups created for programmers that are looking for a support. Visiting those is even more important since sooner or later you will come across many problems that can be quickly solved with the help of the community. While those places are mainly for people who know what they are looking for, what about the beginners that have no idea how to make the first step? Well, the answer is as simple as it is effective.

For example, why wouldn’t you try searching for the answers on YouTube? There are various channels dedicated for programmers, both beginners and professionals. An online course, on the other hand, has a wide variety of programming courses. If you are lucky, you can enrol in comprehensive, well-supported course that will cost you around 10 dollars. It’s worth giving it a shot, at least for starters.

Last but not least it’s very common for the programmers’ communities or even software houses to organize open workshops, such as our own Dev College and Dev College Combo. You can also attend regular meetings like Django Hotspot or meet.js, where different topics regarding web development are put into discussion.

When familiar with the basics, you can try different challenges to consolidate your knowledge. That’s when the real fun begins. Only hours and hours spent on coding will make you understand what you’ve learnt and help you to start your career. Moreover, if you don’t get used to self-learning at the beginning, you may come across many difficulties in your first job.

Finally, let’s be clear. It’s not my intention to discredit code schools since for some people it’s the right solution. However, I’m afraid that there are rare instances when the school is not completely honest with their students, especially when it comes to finding a job after graduation. It’s not very common, but it happens. I intend to encourage people who consider beginning a programmer career to try learning on their own. This for sure will be noticed and appreciated. One thing is certain - check different sources to be sure that the information you’re given is true.

Working as a Junior Front-end developer

I’ll slowly move to the conclusion of the article and talk a bit about the current situation on programmer job market. You may have heard that your potential employers wait for you around every corner and you won’t handle all of the job offers you are going to receive. Well… actually it’s quite different.

I started my first Front-end development job around a year ago, but I still try to follow job offers, usually just for curiosity and especially when they are about entry-level positions. I guess that when you attend a bootcamp, you won’t hear that most of the offers refer to developers with at least two years of experience.

Moreover, getting hired as Junior Developer may take you even months! There are few crucial reasons for that:

It doesn’t seem like the disproportion between the number of vacancies for Junior positions and people trying to get it is going to decrease. However, I’m not going to deter anyone from learning programming languages. I want people to realize that beginnings are rather tough. However, I’m entirely convinced that with hard work comes deserved success and a lot of satisfaction after all.

Recently, there has been a massive increase when it comes to the interest in programming, especially among the people who decided to start learning web development from the scratch. There are few reasons for that, about what I’m going to talk in my article. In addition to that, I’ll also do my best to give you some crucial advice on what you should be aware of while working in the IT industry and which mistakes you can easily avoid.

We live in a world of unlimited possibilities, mostly thanks to worldwide Internet access and open borders. A variety of things that seemed impossible for many years now can be done in a minute and it’s only up to us if we reach for them. In any moment, in the blink of an eye, we can get in touch with a friend who is thousands of kilometres away from us. Moreover, if you fancy Thai cuisine, why not to try delicious pad thai served in the streets of Bangkok? It’s up to you, as well as for sure your savings. Anyway, these are just examples, but there are more and more of them.

Therefore, when beginning a professional career, or even if we have had some experience already, we can choose a job that seemed completely unreachable. More so, when it comes to web development and working in a software house, numerous people still link programmer profession with stereotypes. I was one of those people before I’ve decided to become a Front-end Developer.

Is it easy to begin with programming? Web developer against bootcamps Some of the things I want to discuss were introduced before in a comprehensive Audrey Watters’ article, who spoke not very kindly about code schools and bootcamps. However, there are factors I’d like to include in this conversation. There has been a huge, constantly increasing hype for working as a programmer throughout the last few years. Like everything, it has its pros and cons.

Nevertheless, it’s good to ask yourself a simple question. What’s the reason for programming being so popular when for years it was seen as a mysterious job that only a few had the access to? Undoubtedly many of you were nagged over and over by your parents about how much time you spend on that “goddamn computer”. For them (and apparently for many of you as well), spending time using the computer means nothing else than playing video games. However, for many of us those games uncovered something even more fascinating - programming. But why we find it so interesting?

I’ve seen a lot of opinions on how beautiful and easy programmers’ work is and how much money they earn just for doing trivial work. Moreover, frequently authors of those statements decorate these with pretty charts or diagrams that show unbelievable numbers of how lack of programmers is increasing year by a year and how all over the world it’s supposed to reach a number of 1 billion until the year 2020.

About a year ago I attended code schools’ webinars and, lo and behold, before the presentations started organizers showed us the aforementioned diagrams. But should’ve they? Do they really believe it or just want to attract viewers attention while not actually telling attendees the truth?

A guide on the first steps to become a Junior Web Developer

Let’s once again focus on our careers, or even on our lives in general and ask another question: where did an idea of becoming a programmer come from? If it’s only because of pretty statistics and a recent trend I’ve mentioned previously, you will be completely disappointed and facing the reality may be vastly harmful and discouraging.

However, if you have made your decision because web development was something you wanted to do for a long time, then you’ve made a good decision. Maybe you were like me and every single morning before becoming a programmer you wondered how to survive another day at work? Then the switch to IT industry will make you once again feel satisfied with your work.

So let’s try to answer my main two questions: What you should do to become a web developer? Is it a job suited for everyone? I’ll try to answer this from the perspective of someone who’s been doing something completely different for ten long years.

Beginning your journey with programming is quite easy. However, there are few things you need to be familiar with since there are some beginners’ mistakes that can be easily avoided. I’ve already experienced them so I’d like to give you few pieces of advice and make you look at everything more carefully, maybe with a bit of suspicion - facing reality may not be as pleasant after all.

How to succeed and not to lose all of your money First of all, let’s focus on how to start programming while still keeping some money in your pocket. The answer may be trivial, but the truth is that we can learn everything by ourselves. Some people may wonder how this can be possible without graduating University or a code school. Well, it certainly is.

What I’m going to say now is crucial, but let’s make it clear, it’s my personal opinion. I think that it’s important to talk about self-efficiency when learning coding since a lot of potential programmers may not be aware that it’s possible to achieve. As far as I’m concerned, a “DIY approach” may be worth considering instead of spending thousands of dollars on sometimes pricey training.

I’m aware that for some it’s really tough to find enough self-discipline, determination, and motivation to learn everything by ourselves. In those cases only working with a dedicated mentor is effective enough because they are the ones responsible for tracking the progress of learning.

However, even this can be substituted with a broad programmers community. There a lot of places on the Internet where everyone, both professionals and beginners, will find a brilliant feedback. Social media plays a significant role in this. There are numerous groups created for programmers that are looking for a support. Visiting those is even more important since sooner or later you will come across many problems that can be quickly solved with the help of the community. While those places are mainly for people who know what they are looking for, what about the beginners that have no idea how to make the first step? Well, the answer is as simple as it is effective.

For example, why wouldn’t you try searching for the answers on YouTube? There are various channels dedicated for programmers, both beginners and professionals. An online course, on the other hand, has a wide variety of programming courses. If you are lucky, you can enrol in comprehensive, well-supported course that will cost you around 10 dollars. It’s worth giving it a shot, at least for starters.

Last but not least it’s very common for the programmers’ communities or even software houses to organize open workshops, such as our own Dev College and Dev College Combo. You can also attend regular meetings like Django Hotspot or meet.js, where different topics regarding web development are put into discussion.

When familiar with the basics, you can try different challenges to consolidate your knowledge. That’s when the real fun begins. Only hours and hours spent on coding will make you understand what you’ve learnt and help you to start your career. Moreover, if you don’t get used to self-learning at the beginning, you may come across many difficulties in your first job.

Finally, let’s be clear. It’s not my intention to discredit code schools since for some people it’s the right solution. However, I’m afraid that there are rare instances when the school is not completely honest with their students, especially when it comes to finding a job after graduation. It’s not very common, but it happens. I intend to encourage people who consider beginning a programmer career to try learning on their own. This for sure will be noticed and appreciated. One thing is certain - check different sources to be sure that the information you’re given is true.

Working as a Junior Front-end developer I’ll slowly move to the conclusion of the article and talk a bit about the current situation on programmer job market. You may have heard that your potential employers wait for you around every corner and you won’t handle all of the job offers you are going to receive. Well… actually it’s quite different.

I started my first Front-end development job around a year ago, but I still try to follow job offers, usually just for curiosity and especially when they are about entry-level positions. I guess that when you attend a bootcamp, you won’t hear that most of the offers refer to developers with at least two years of experience.

Moreover, getting hired as Junior Developer may take you even months! There are few crucial reasons for that:

the number of candidates per a single Junior position is constantly increasing; the decline in the number of Junior job offers per job seeker; increasing and rapidly changing entry level on Junior positions starting their first job; candidates’ unreasonable demands and expectations. It doesn’t seem like the disproportion between the number of vacancies for Junior positions and people trying to get it is going to decrease. However, I’m not going to deter anyone from learning programming languages. I want people to realize that beginnings are rather tough. However, I’m entirely convinced that with hard work comes deserved success and a lot of satisfaction after all.

Summary

You may be a bit confused now and ask yourself what you are actually doing here. Is learning programming languages even profitable for complete beginners? Are you going to succeed when seeking your dream job? Maybe you have expected something completely different from this article? Let me know if you did!

Anyway, I’m pleased that you made it to the end of this article and I hope that it will motivate you to achieve your goals. However, to answer the questions, if you’re hesitating and got any doubts, please remember that learning programming and working as a web developer, in the end, is a brilliant decision. It comes with a ton of enjoyable daily challenges and opens up plenty of good prospects for the future. If anyone asks me whether it’s worth trying, I will obviously say that it is. So give yourself a chance, be patient, determined, and good luck!

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