How do I get my foot in to start a web development career?

I am about to get done with an associate degree but I feel like that’s not enough. Please give me advice of what I can do to get my foot in so that I can get a job??? I feel overwhelmed.

Hi @TechHeadIK !

Welcome to the forum!

You didn’t mention where you were at with your web development studies but you could start with the FCC curriculum.

FCC teaches the MERN (MongoDB, Express, React, Node) stack. That would be first 6 certificates. The other certifications focus on python.

Start by building a foundation to grow from. You are going to need to build some projects for your portfolio.

It would also help to get involved with the developer community.
There are plenty of forums(like this one) discords, meetups, etc.

It is not easy to get that first job but it is totally possible.
There are plenty of great articles and video about getting that first job but you are going to have to seek out that information.

Here are some to get you started.

Also, you didn’t mention what your associate degree was in or if there were plans to get a CS degree.

There is a lot of debate whether you should get a CS degree which I won’t get into here.
But I do think there are benefits to getting a CS if it is a viable option.

Hope that helps!

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Hello, thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it. My degree is in computer programming and database management. I have already learned the basics css, html, python, VB.net, c, and java. As you can tell, its all over the place. I have been wanting to go into the web development route. I got some courses on Udemy but do you know anywhere else where I can get courses that are good? Thanks

There are plenty of good project tutorials, since you got the basics, go find a complex one and stick to the end of it. Ben Awad’s stuff is pretty good, I am currently following his Reddit project tutorial as well.

  • Apply to internships or get any other job experience NOW, it helps a ton to land your full-time swe position
  • Build 1 - 3 really good projects to put on your resume. Keep expanding them until you land a job
  • Practice on algorithm problems with leetcode if you want to get into big Tech, else knowing the basics will be enough

That’s all you need besides the social aspect of things, keep refining your resume as you gain more and more experience & project.

Well as I mentioned earlier, FCC is a good source.
You could start with the projects for the responsive design course since you already know the basics of html and css.

There are a lot of great resources out there.

My advice is to just get started and build projects along the way.

Pick a main source and follow it through. Add supplementary materials as needed.

If your getting your degree at a college, look into what resources they offer to help you get your foot in the door. Most colleges provide some kind of support and help to get you jobs. From job fairs (which might not be going on), to resource centers, to clubs, to networking opportunities, to research opportunities, to your own professors. Going to school for this stuff can give you advantages if you take advantage of them.

If your goal is to get into web development, look into web development jobs in your area to see what they are looking for. Leverage your school as well, and maybe ask some professors what advice they have, or if they know of any opportunities available to you.

The internet has a lot of resources as well to learn, but one of the most important parts of getting a job nowadays is the networking aspect of it. Leverage whatever you can from your current situation to help focus on that part to “expand” your network, just as much as it is important to expand your knowledge!

Good luck, keep learning, keep growing!