If you have a flair for design and a talent for software then web design is the perfect career for you! You can teach yourself a lot of it and you can prove your worth by having a stunning portfolio. Web design is great for people that don’t want to spend years of their life sitting in lecture theatres and studying in libraries. It’s all about experience and the more of it you can get, the better. It’s pretty easy to get the hang of most web design software but the sooner you start playing around with it the quicker you’ll get the hang of it.
If you’re not sure whether web design is for you, take some time to consider the following list of key traits for a great designer:
You Need To Be a Pragmatic, Practical Problem-Solver
Your mind needs to work in an analytical way. You will be faced with daily challenges and problems and you are the person to solve them! It helps if you are able to look at things from different perspectives and different angles. Great design is all about showing the best side of something – and making it something that people don’t expect. To solve the daily problems that crop up you’ll need to be completely fluent in design software so you can quickly and easily try different ideas out.
Problem-solvers take great joy in finding the quickest or most effective solution to a dilemma. If you are the sort of person who loves sorting out a problem then you’ll go far in web design!
A Great Networker
You may be the greatest designer on the planet but unless you can find enough business you’ll be left with a pretty empty desk. Successful web designers understand the importance of getting out into the marketplace to sell their wares. This means attending networking meetings, getting involved in social networking online and making sure the company is branded and marketed beautifully.
Networkers need to be nice people that are well-liked. It doesn’t take much time at all to get yourself known in your field but you will have to come out from behind your computer!
A Love of Change
Software is changing every day and you need to keep up to date with it. There’s no future for a web designer who mourns the advent of new technology. You need to be up with the changes and be excited about the new possibilities they will bring! The better the software, the better your chances are of doing a great job so don’t be scared – embrace the change!
Most web designers are self-employed which means you will most likely be too. If you are a sole trader it’s important to have your books in order – you will have to file your own tax returns and stay on top of your accounts. Self-employment offers a lot of freedom but there are drawbacks – when you’re not working you’re not earning and there’s no such thing as sick pay!
A career in web design offers creativity in abundance. There’s no better time than now to get involved!
This post was contributed by guest blogger Derek Brand from Christom, a Melbourne web designer firm. Derek loves working on Joomla and WordPress websites and thinks that a career in the field is rewarding one.