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7. Introduction to a Career in Web Development

September 29, 2014

This episode is an introduction and overview of web development as a career. Keith and Dain talk about everything from job interviews and freelancing to logic and open-source.

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  • Charles October 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks a lot for doing this podcast.

    I am currently a student at the University of Washington front-end certification program (9 months) and am in the process of listening to all the episodes. What are the most important things I can be doing now to get started in a web development career after graduation? (besides preparing for the common interview questions like you mentioned).

    • Keith Monaghan October 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks for the great question, Charles!

      Dain and I both agree the best thing you can do is to build stuff. Don’t wait until you finish a class or until you know more, just do it now and keep building.

      Having a portfolio, of projects you built for yourself and/or for other people, is the most important part of getting a career. This industry is very much like traditional design, employers expect to see your work.

      The best thing about the industry is the many paths you can take to get a career. That also means that having a title or a piece of paper doesn’t mean as much as in other careers. We have to show our work. This is one reason why Dain is a proponent of working on open-source projects, contributors are listed publicly and their contributions are documented.

      Build stuff using the tools and language(s) that are used in the career you want.

      Charles, I hope that helps. We’re planning an entire episode on the importance of having a portfolio and ways to build it. Stay tuned.

      • Charles October 7, 2014 at 12:31 am

        Thanks Keith! That really helps and building a portfolio is something I will be focusing my efforts on in the coming months. I’m looking forward to the portfolio episode.

  • dapo February 18, 2015 at 10:15 am

    hello guys just wanna use this medium to appreciate . I’ve being following your podcast and indeed it has help me immensely. thanks and keep the good work.

  • Should I Go to College for a Career in Web Development? - StartHere.fm | StartHere.fm April 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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  • omar April 23, 2015 at 6:42 am

    What do u think about age. Some people says that company are looking for young people because of that it will be hard to get hired if you are in your late 20s or early 30s.

    • Dain Miller June 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      I don’t believe age to be an issue at all. I have worked in product companies that are small (startups), corporations, and government bodies and the ages are very diverse. Not an issue.

  • Darren Evans August 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Just discovered you guys. Thanks for the work you’re doing helping Web Dev Padewans.

    On algorithms, one thing that lit my fusion reactor was the discovery than every algorithm and all structured programming computer programs are built from just three fundamental patterns – Sequence, Selection and Iteration. Knowing this may help keep you sane when confronted with some of the algorithmic complexities in your head.

    The BBC website has a humorous way of explaining this:


    Thanks again,

    Darren Evans – Manchester, UK.

  • John Phenix October 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Really enjoying your podcasts and web content so far. Keep it up:)

    On your EP 7 Resources hyperlink “Study Logic”, it isn’t working. Can you correct the link?

    Thank you.

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