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Asked on 22 May 2020

What qualifications do you need to get a job as a web developer? How do I get started if I'm learning through online courses? Any other comments on the career?

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Gavin Tan
Gavin Tan
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 24 May 2020

For web devs, the minimum qualifications would be :

Frontend languages and skills like React, Javascript, HTML, CSS.

It would also be an added bonus if you know backend frameworks and knowledge as well like :

expressJS, AngularJS, REST APIs, Database Management like MySQL

Ultimately, even if you dont have knowledge in most of these areas, as long as you put in the effort to learn them, im sure you can easily find jobs as a web dev.

Regarding how to get started, you can search on youtube for free content to learn more, or even start mini projects so that you can learn from hands on experience. You can also try udemy for paid courses !

If you have the chance, network a little so that you can get internship or job opportunities, because that is where you can learn the most !

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Gavin Tan
Gavin Tan

26 May 2020

Well i only learned basic C++/C# in poly. Only in my poly y3 internship and my current internship is where i learnt the most ! how long it will take really depends on you, your passion and interest, as well as your learning speed ! if you have a good mentor that would be even better cause he/she can guide you on what is right or wrong. In coding, getting the code to work is not hard, anyone can do it. It's about making it code as easily understandable as possible but also making it as efficient as possible. Being able to refactor your code from 10 lines to 1 line is great but of course do it without making your code look very messy. Cheers :D
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Jia Min
Jia Min
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Answered on 23 May 2020

Hello, I'm not too sure about the qualifications. But, I do feel a solid portfolio which demonstrates your mastery of the necessary practical skills will put you in a favourable position.

Maybe to start things off, you could read up on frontend developers, backend developers and full stack developers and the different languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, etc.) that entails.

A Web Designer is not to be confused with a Web Developer. The former is like an Architect, whereas the latter is like the Engineer.

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Kristerbel Pang
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Answered on 27 Jul 2020

Hello! If you are keen on web development, there is a company called Smartcademy which offers a comprehensive 3-week course. I think their courses are unique because it is conducted by a trainer real time over online video platforms rather than recorded and uploaded! So it's more personalised and helpful especially for beginners.

In addition, there will be a project for you to work on which can form your portfolio. This will also provide you with a proper web developer experience, which I think will be beneficial given that you want to break into the industry (:

Here is their URL if you are keen! All the best :D

https://smartcademy.sg/

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Zachary Teo
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Answered on 26 May 2020

Hey Anon! Firstly, identify what kind of developer you would want to be. Frontend? Backend? QA Engineer? Full Stack? React? A lot of developer begin with a wide spread of knowledge in multiple languages and choose to specialise in one.

Depending on where your end goal is, it will determine if you need a qualification or not. For startups, I would say if you can get the job done, you are definitely hired. That said, startup engineers would often require the understanding of full stack (back and front) as they're often shorthanded.

For MNCs, go do a specialise course. Be it from G.A, polytechnic night classes, a cert still matters for them. I once heard of a company that does recruitment and removal of applicants based on the certificate. MNCs often hire specific roles to fill the hole. So be prepared to have deep knowledge in the area before applying. Otherwise you can apply to know where you stand too.

In addition, companies will require you to take a test to see your ability. I think this is also a good gauge of your ability and also if you like the company. Lastly, certs and qualifications matter but experience is equally important.

Go for internships. Try backend, frontend, QA, big company, startups, agencies!

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