How to start your Front-end adventure in 2022/2023
We live in a time where technology accompanies us at every step. With its development and ubiquity, the industry market is also developing, where the number of job offers is constantly growing. Many people strive to rebrand themselves or start working as programmers, driven by high salaries and good employment conditions. Many companies promise future software development adepts a rapid path to finding their first job – often even after one or two months of workshops. So, is getting started as a programmer that easy? If so, what skills do you need to start working as a front-end developer? In this article, I will answer these very questions.
At the outset, programming is a vast field of knowledge in which one can specialize in many areas. In this article, however, I will focus on the front end, where I work daily. Some of the advice, however, is universal, and even if you are planning your career path in a different direction, it may be helpful to you in getting your first job.
A key point at the beginning of a career is the right attitude. Getting your first job is not a sprint but a marathon. Set yourself up for systematic work filled with small successes and failures. Just as it’s hard to become a professional soccer player in a few months (especially if this is our first exposure to soccer), we will need time to develop the skills necessary for the software development process.
The second important thing is to know English. Why? By speaking only one language, in this case, Polish, we have access to only a tiny fraction of the information on the Internet. In the work of a programmer, English is used at every step, from writing code, reading documentation, tutorials, and articles, listening to conferences to communicating with clients and colleagues. A huge plus is that English will be helpful at work and in other areas of life, more and less professional.
The last universal tip is to take care of soft skills. Communication in a team is essential. We exchange insights with many people daily – we work closely with designers and especially with the client. In our work, we all play to the same goal, and it is worth ensuring that this joint work is pleasant and that communication is transparent. That will make life easier not only for you but also for the rest of the team.
The skills I have listed are just the beginning of the road, and my tips are just one signpost for getting your first job as a programmer. The next signpost is much more structured and deals with technical skills for a front-end developer’s job. I will use the roadmap at https://roadmap.sh/frontend to chart my path.
The front-end developer’s path continues even after this stage, but the skills described in this article should already be a solid foundation for finding your first job. Keep in mind that you will be able to start working in the IT industry during the described path, so I encourage you to participate in recruitment. Before starting your search, however, it’s a good idea to prepare some larger independent projects that you can present at the interview.
At this part, you can ask: Should I use the free materials available, or should I invest money in another form of education after all? The article you are reading is intended to answer the question of what skills should be acquired to enter the IT world. I will answer the question of where to find this knowledge in one of the next episodes of our #90secondswithMoodUp series published on LinkedIn. Feel free to share any of your personal experiences as a front-end developer on our LinkedIn profile!
December 15, 2022 / Posted by:
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