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Posted 19 April 2004 - 02:16 PM
He has known web design for years but never employed specifically as a web designer, for example, in one job, he was employed as support, but did support, QA, management reporting, and created, designed, and ran the support intranet. In another job he was employed as QA, but also had the role of webmaster, maintaining the website, designing banner advertisements etc. His skills are clearly there - HTML/CSS/php/mySQL/Apache/IIS/Design/SEO ... he sure knows what he's doing.
His problem is he wants to get a job strictly in web design. He wants to be a web designer! Now as i've shown, his skills are there, but he has nothing to show for it. No pages out there on the world wide web are specifically his. He's maintained a site - he even has a couple flash advertisements out there ... but no whole site is his.
My suggestion was for him to create a couple sites for people, to show off the aforemention skills. I wasn't sure (a) of what kind of sites he could do or ( if potential employers would count them as valid URLs.
His further dilemma is he is so skilled, employers tend to move him away from what he enjoys, i.e. the web design, development etc and into other areas, such as QA (but i guess this is an aside - thats his problem) ...
... so (probably ignoring the futher dilemma above) can anyone out there offer any recommendations of how my friend can progress?
Many kind thanks in advance,
Posted 19 April 2004 - 02:24 PM
Also, sadly enough, until your friend develops a huge portfolio of design items, he won't be able to apply for and get strict "web designer" jobs. He'll need to be a bit familiar with, or at least comfortable working with, some of the middle tier (content production, script customization / implementation, site architecture, usability). If he's got those back-end skills, and they're solid, he'll be valuable to an employer, since he'll be able to speak fluent engineer
He might also try looking - initially - at smaller companies who want, say, a web designer / admin. Work at that position for a few years, get some practical experience and some resume fodder. Then apply for the 100% design jobs. It may be *way* below his skillset - but it would give him an income and professional web design experience while building to a 100% web designer job.
Posted 19 April 2004 - 02:25 PM
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