Getting your first job in web design

Finding your first job in web design can be as easy or as hard as finding any other job. It depends how prepared you are and ensuring you know exactly what you want. Web designing is the perfect job for someone creative that is able to imagine how a wbsite will look and work. We have pulled together some tips on relevant education needed, experience and how to be prepared when applying for your first job in web design.

Education

You don’t necessarily need specific qualifications to get a job in web design. It is helpful to have experience in other types of design or training in web design which can be gained through college or by teaching yourself. To get started, you will need a good knowledge of HTML, and good experience of writing web pages in a combination of codes. Knowledge in the following programmes will also be helpful:

  • Dreamweaver
  • Photoshop
  • Flash and Fireworks
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • .Net

You can complete these programmes through college courses or by teaching yourself using online tutorials.

If you did want to extend your skills and knowledge with qualifications, the following qualifications would be most beneficial and necessary to this field of work:

  • BTEC Interactive use of Media levels 1 to 3
  • OCR ITQ levels 1 to 3
  • OCR Creative iMedia levels 1 to 3
  • City & Guilds E-Quals IT Users awards(7266)
  • Level 2 (Diploma) and Level 3 (Advanced Diploma)

Experience & Preparation

It is important that you know your industry inside out so you are prepared for the field of work you will be entering.

Don’t exaggerate your experience. As it is your first job, no one will expect you to have masses of experience. If you haven’t got any experience and are finding it hard to, offer volunteered work experience to any companies in the field. It is important to demonstrate your work to date. It is also vital to have a creative CV to reflect your creativeness as this is the first thing employers will look at before inviting you for an interview.

The most important thing you will need to get a job in web design is to ensure you have a portfolio of your previous work and experience. This can be in the form of a DVD, CD or links to the live websites you may have worked on. If you are not sure where to get this from it can come from your collage work, previous paid work or volunteering.

Show off your creative flair with your portfolio and show branding throughout, making sure the designs are consistent and you can stand out from your competitors. Always be confident in your work and what you can achieve.

Applying

The key tips to remember when applying for a web designing job are:

  • Flexibility- Be prepared to work extra hours in order to meet deadlines
  • Confidence
  • Reflect creativity
  • Knowledge of the industry

There are many places you can work as a web designer including web design marketing agencies, IT departments of large companies or even as a freelance web designer. In the long run you could set up your own web designing company.

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You may find it useful reading this article about Retraining as a Web Designer .