Become a Web Designer

Today's economy makes it hard for a person to find a decent job. Companies all over the world have frozen hiring new workers and have even frozen giving raises to their current employees. Due to recession, jobs have been few and far in between for a lot of people.

But thanks to the advent of the Internet, this has opened a whole new avenue of jobs for people with specialized skills. Amateur photographers now have a medium where they can post their pictures and hope that they catch the bigger company's eyes. Writers also have another place where they can find work writing, not only for newspapers or magazines. People can also work as web designers -- they design the websites and make sure that they look, sound and feel great for the visitors.

  • Being a web designer means you have to have a specialized set of skills. Ideally, companies hire web designers who have a degree in Information Technology, or something that is related to that. But even though you graduated with a degree not related to that, you can always take classes on Information Technology and have a basic grasp of the ideas.

    You have to be fluent at least in HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Adobe Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. These are the things that you should know and master as an aspiring web designer. You also have to be updated in the latest web trends. In the world of designing, keeping up-to-date with the latest design styles will guarantee you more customers and expand your own skills.

    Being stuck with an outdated method of designing will only be a detriment to your aspirations to be a successful web designer. Being up-to-date also means you can probably come up with your own unique styles and designs.

  • Next, your skills should be at least par with the other web designers in the market. That means you have to put in hours of practice and mastering the different tools needed. You should understand that there are a lot of possibly better or aspiring designers out there so you should keep your skills sharp. If you fall at least a step behind the competition, it could ultimately mean losing out in a job.
  • Build or continue to build your portfolio. Having sample works ready is a must for aspiring web designers. Companies often look at the web designer's portfolio before making a decision. Having a portfolio also shows you how you have progressed and gives you an idea on how good you are presently compared to when you started. You can also compare your portfolio with your friends and hopefully you can pick up a few tips on how to improve your own design.
  • Web designers should be original. Copying another person's work is something frowned upon by the web design community. Having originality only says to the company you are applying to that you are creative and can make designs that have not been seen before.

Having all these should guarantee that you will be able to find a job as a web designer in the future.


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