Why Simply Learning How to Code isn't Enough: How to go the extra mile to become a web developer

  • 11/28/2016

You may be under that assumption that once you take a couple of courses on Code School, attend a training institute, or join a coding bootcamp (except for some of the really good ones out there), you suddenly become a master at coding, and are well on your way to becoming a great web developer.

The truth is, it’s not that simple.

The fact is that no one really ever comes out of learning feeling like they are ready to take on the world as developers. That’s because most courses and programs are not designed to do so. They are designed for you to learn the syntax, and the basics on how to create web applications. Even after learning for a couple of months, most of us actually are uncertain if we can actually start build things on our own.

The real progress comes when you are confronted with a real project.

Suddenly you are thrown into the deep end, but overcoming this challenge is really what propels you forward as a developer in training. What you learned in your courses or programs will definitely come handy, but there will be a lot more struggling through and figuring things out as you go. This is ultimately what will push you to become more resourceful, and more confident about your skills.

Real projects from real clients though, not only requires technical skills, but they also require a good set of communication skills. You have to be able to really appeal to your potential clients and convince them that you are the one for the job. Once you get the job, you need clear streams of communication with your client in both spoken and written forms. There needs to be clear agreements on what features should be delivered by when, and how much it costs. There must be mutual understanding and trust on both ends to make things work.

We cannot stress how important it is to apply what you learned as soon as you finish learning the basics.

Helping a friend or local business develop their platform we think is a great way to start. You can do it at an extremely low cost or even for free. Sometimes your experience is more valuable than the money that you can earn on the spot. You also want to be able to manage expectations. Helping someone else's project is better than working on a personal project in our opinion because you can’t quit even if you think you’ve hit a dead end. It’s much easier to give up or lose interest if it’s your own individual project.

At TECHRISE we create a flow of providing our top students with real world experience as soon as they graduate from the program. They will get assigned to either work as a team on outsourced projects, or get matched directly with startups abroad as remote interns. All throughout they will be backed up by the technical support from the TECHRISE team, just in case they run up against problems they can’t solve alone.

Learning how to code is one thing, but becoming a web developer is another.
It all takes that one step to really challenge yourself and dive into the real world.

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