Are you tired of your current job? Perhaps you’ve started thinking about making a career change but are slightly overwhelmed with where to start and don’t really know what your options are? If you’ve made it here, then you probably have a clear idea that the ever-evolving world of tech is a good place to start, but we want to break it down and highlight why a career in web development, specifically, is a great option. And before you say, “but I have no experience in web development,” don’t worry. Here at Ubiqum Code Academy we’ve helped hundreds of people with zero knowledge in IT go on to launch successful careers in this field. Keep reading to find out how we do so and how you could be one of them!
In this article we’re going to explain what a web developer is, what you can expect from a career in web development, and where to kick things off. So, let’s get stuck in!
What is a Web Developer?
A web developer is a programmer who develops applications and programs for the world wide web. They create and oversee the technical side of a website to make sure everything is performing well and running smoothly. Some people confuse the tasks of a web developer with those of a web designer, but these are quite different.
You can break down the role of a web developer into three categories:
- Front-end developer
- Back-end developer
- Full-stack developer
Here are some useful Beginner Guides to give you an idea of how the technology works:
A back-end developer deals with server- side scripting which is the process of communicating information from the web server to the front-end of the user’s browser. There’s not enough storage on a web browser for every piece of information or image, so embedded in your website is code using languages like Python, Ruby, ASP.NET and Java, so that when a user clicks on something, the server will display it. At Ubiqum, we focus on Java as it is the most robust, and coincidentally, Java is the most demanded programming language by employers.
A full-stack developer is an amalgamation of both a front-end and back-end developer. Of course, if you master both back and front-end web development, you’ll be much more attractive to future employers.
What to Expect from a Career in Web Development
The commercialisation of the www and the birth of e-commerce changed the digital landscape dramatically when businesses came to understand its potential. Now, the demand for web-based careers is increasing at a rapid rate as more and more companies bring themselves into the digital age and set up modern website and e-commerce stores.
According to the United States bureau of labour statistics:
“Employment of web developers is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and e-commerce”
So maybe learning to code isn’t such a bad idea…
With the digital world in constant flux, being a web developer will never be boring. As a front-end developer you must be creative and innovate to give the best user experience possible. Problem solving is key and you will face challenges, but you won’t be alone. The tech community is vast, and with the number of online forums existing today you will be connected to thousands of other developers of all levels from all over the world. Also, in spite of what you might think, team work is very important in the life of a developer.
Raül, mentor for Ubiqum’s Java Web Developer Bootcamp explains:
“In a few years nobody will be able to get by if they don’t know how to code. We live in a technological world and programming will be increasingly important.”
Like learning a new language, once you are able to code, the opportunities available to you will grow tenfold. According to Burning Glass Technologies, seven million job openings in 2015 were in occupations which value coding.
If the exciting opportunities in web development alone aren’t exciting or inspiring enough, or the fact that you will always be in-demand, you’ll also benefit from a clear career path and great opportunities for advancement economically.
How Ubiqum Code Academy can Help you Launch you Career in Web Development
We want to make clear that you don’t need a computer science degree to start a successful career in coding, in fact, with us, you don’t need to have any experience at all, just a great deal of motivation and dedication.
At Ubiqum Code Academy, we work with people from all kinds of backgrounds with little to no experience in IT, let alone coding. Our Web Development program, like all our programs, adopts a “learn by doing” approach, where students work on real-world tasks, thus learning the practical skills required to start working as a developer from day one. Web development is not easy, but learning in this way, dividing up the tasks into manageable chunks that steadily increase in complexity, means that it’s 100% doable for absolute beginners.
What’s more, in order to prepare you the best we can for your new career in web development, we offer the Boosting My Career program, which covers everything from creating a modern CV to carrying out technical mock interviews.