Web Development Jobs basics
Web development jobs (like jobs in any other field) have a lot of variety and possibilities. Deciding on where to work is sometimes not as easy as you might think. Several factors such as who you will be working for, location, and type of office need to be considered.
This tutorial focuses on:
- Working independently/in a team
- Working on one site/many sites
- Office types
- Workplace interaction
Working independently/in a team
As a web developer, you will usually get a chance to work independently or in a team. The exception to this is when you are the only one in the company who does what you do - a situatioan that's not recommended since there is much more pressure on you and no one to immediately advise with on technical matters.
Working independently is nice. You are sitting in front of that computer, focusing on your work, making stuff happen and you are doing it all, yes YOU! When you get done with it or at least get through a part of it, you can feel satisfied knowing that you have built something on your own.
Working in a team
Working in a team is good. You are part of a group that together contributes to a whole. Each one a small part to create something of substance. You will get assigned some task(s), make sure you complete them by your deadline, but if you don't in some cases it's ok.
When working in a team, remember that you are dealing with a group of people, it's not just you on your own now. People can sometimes become lazy and/or unappreciative of what you do. If this happens, just keep doing what it is you do. Try to keep a positive attitude and influence others with it.
Working on one site/many sites
Web development jobs vary - you may become employed by a small company working just on the company's website or you may become employed by a huge web design firm working on several different websites. Some people like the first option more, some people prefer the second.
From a professional perspective, the second option is better since with each website come it's own unique challenges and with all those challenges you will gain much more experience than you would if you were to work on just one website.
As your first web development job, which option will you take? It's up to you, but we think it's better to go for a job working on many different websites as opposed to just one.
Web development jobs vary, and so do the offices where you will do this kind of work - ranging from a small business in a small town to a huge building in the middle of a big city. Office type does not necessarily correlate to experience. Meaning, just because someone works for a small business in a small town it does not automatically mean that they have less experience than someone who works for a huge company in a big city.
For some employers, unfortunately, it does mean something and can make a difference in their decision to hire you or not. If you are interviewed by such an employer and they reject you, it's ok, move on to the next one. The important thing is to be on top of your game and be confident that you are good at what you do and can prove it if given a technical interview where you are asked to demonstrate your skills.
You should treat your co-workers with respect (as they should treat you the same way) and it's important to not have tension in the workplace. This is obvious, but there is another aspect of workplace interaction that's not so obvious.
The interaction between you and your co-workers that have the same technical skills that you do and the interaction between you and your co-workers that DO NOT have the same technical skills as you do will sometimes be different.