6 crucial steps to starting a web developer career with no experience
‘Have you got experience’ is a natural question asked before you’re granted permission to embark upon the task. However, in many instances, this presents somewhat of a catch 22 scenario. How exactly do you gain experience without practicing the job at hand in the first place?
Learning People have been helping people overcome this obstacle for 10 years. We have a built a solid reputation in the tech sector for helping people not just advance their careers but change them entirely.
In this blog we look at the 6 crucial steps to starting your career as a web developer (without experience).
Step 1 is finding the right training for you
This requires working out exactly where you need to start from and where it will take you – and why.
Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to be shown some HTML, or clever enough to reverse engineer the basic code whilst fiddling with WordPress. However, for the vast majority of those at ‘day one’ of the aspiring programmer journey, hypertext mark-up language just isn’t in the vocabulary.
If you’re completely new to code, the first actual step is to try doing it. Learning People will direct you towards a selection of baseline coding challenges to firstly ascertain not just if you can do it, but if you actually enjoy the process or problem solving and creation.
Once this has been established a full consultation takes place to confirm the student’s career goals. This looks at the type of work you’d like to be doing (full time, contract, freelance etc.), salary expectations and capacity to study. Only then can we make a clear recommendation as to what you’ll need to do, how long it will take and where it will put you as a professional programmer.
Step 2 is building a portfolio
Learning People specialise in career ready education and this doesn’t just mean having the right certification under your belt, but moreover being able to actually do the job once qualified. We’re able to facilitate this by project based – hands on training. Gone are the days of pure note taking and memorisation and here to stay is practical self-directed studies.
Step 3: Update your online presence
Not to be confused with only taking place after your portfolio is built. Learning People’s careers team will start working with you from the outset of training. Firstly looking at and assisting with the basics, such as CV, LinkedIn and covering statement. This then will organically progress into what we call humanising the job search. Which companies do you want to work with (and why?). Who should you speak with to introduce yourself and how can you benefit them?
Step 4: Get on GitHub
More than 2.1 million businesses and organisations use GitHub and making regular contributions will show potential employers that you’re consistently working on your developer skills.
Step 5: Freelance
This doesn’t mean having to secure your first professional contract. This can simply be helping a friend or relation to set up and or build their website (commercial or otherwise). Maybe they need to add some functionality that requires bespoke code, or they’ve run into some conflicting issues that need a fix. Whatever the input, make sure you document the brief, the work and the solution. This provides positive narrative for any employer conversations.
Step 6: Start talking
Once you’re fully trained, GitHub’s loaded and your online presence is sparkling, the conversations can fully flow. This is the point where Learning People’s careers team will coach you towards your desired position. Software is an incredible thing; however, it’s just not smart enough to hire people (yet). People hire people (and work with them), so keep talking to relevant people for where you want to go. Pick their brains; ask them questions, flatter them. This will ensure the foundations of a relationship are built and will put you front and centre of their minds when considering who put forward for their next opening.
Contact Learning People today for a professional code consultation with one of our software development specialists and see how accessible a career in code is (without experience).