Web Designer
What do you do?
Temp work for businesses and web design firms.
This job is:
Temporary
Some people work a few days a week or a few hours a day. I never have.
How many hours a week is this job?
Sometimes long hours may be required
How much control do you have over your work schedule?
When I am on an assignment, very long hours are required.
But, the job pays very well. So, I can support myself by taking just a few jobs. The rest of the time is my own.
Work environment
Office
Cubicle
Is there a dress code?
Yes
How do you dress for work?
Khakis, a top and a hoody.
Is this job:
Both Fast-paced and Relaxed
Level of Responsibility
High (It is really important that you are there when scheduled. What you do is important and there is no one else to take care of it if you’re not there.)
Co-Workers
Work with just a few people
How much initiative and/or authority do you have?
You are told what to do, not how to do it.
What does this job pay entry level?
Around $15.00 an hour as a temp.
What could it pay later?
Around $40.00 an hour as a temp.
Job Requirements: What skills does this job require?
You have to know what you are doing.
The companies I worked at used Dreamweaver.
You should know everything Dreamweaver does.You should have a good background knowledge of HTML and CSS.
If you are part of a team, you don’t have to know everything. But, you should know what people are talking about.
Do you have to go to school to get this job?
No.
What kind of school teaches this job?
On-line, tech schools
Continuing Education
Personal study to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date
How long do you have to go to school to learn this job?
I took a 9-week night school class. Then I read every book I could find. I used “view code” on websites to see how they did things and recreated them.
Is any kind of Certification available?
Certification is available, but not required.
Do you have to own tools?
You probably need a good computer and a Dreamweaver license.
Do you have to pass a background test?
Checking for criminal record
Reference check
Credit check
Security test
Drug test
What previous experience would help?
While I was taking the class, I made websites.
I started making websites for friends.
That way I could demonstrate what I was able to do.
What practical skills do you need?
Enjoy learning new things
Is Continuing Education required?
Yes
What additional training would help with this job?
You can specialize in CSS, PHP, ASP, Java, Perl, JavaScript, SEO…
You can’t know everything. Nobody can. There is just too much to keep up with. You have to be willing to be wrong. What was true yesterday may not be true today. What worked yesterday may not work today. You should be a good problem solver.
What do you like best about this job?
This can be a very creative job.
The pay can be very good.
It is never boring.
In some areas there are a lot of agencies placing web professionals, so it is very easy to get a job.
Who would you recommend this job to?
Someone who is very comfortable with computers.
Someone who likes to learn new things. Someone who likes a challenge.
Web Designer
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