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i have not been in the web industry for long, and i know i should not be complaining about my current situation, but WHAT DO I DO NEXT?. i have a job in the web development field in a relaxed company. but i feel i should be doing some more. i want to study but i am confused as to what to study, i want to know more but donít know what to study. What is next for me, where do i go from here.
Is, were i am now, the place i stay and start growing up, or is it just the beginning. i am confused
Please some one show me the way or point me towards the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel
Like edit_g said, there are lots of designer/developers out there... But I think that being different means that you expand on your skills: you can be more marketable by being able to work in more areas of site development. It could be that you work on skills in design, programming/scripting, and marketing/promotion - you'd be well rounded - and more valuable to the job. (the one you have, or the next one) And don't forget to devote some time to the server-side aspects - it really comes in handy.
I guess I should say my mind is boggled by too much opportunity.
All I know is I hate working for a crazy man 9-5 and would love to be more independent. So I join mavrick in asking: What should I do now? Enlighten me, all ye venerable sages. ;) (most of you are probably younger than me, but that doesn't make you less venerable. If, that is, your advice is good.)
thanks for the advise, in some way if you put all of it togeather it makes sense. market myself, by being different, working hard, learning more and never think on a one track mind. i have been thinking of spreading my wings and going out into the world. hopefully if i get out there i would learn more and different things, but i know that i could learn nothing and do nothing.
from what u read it seems i am scared as most people, i always want to succeed and be the best, because as everybody knows only the best succeed and earn the big money, . The future is what I am concerned about, I donít want to be here in a few years. I am trying to learn more, and with a 8-5 job it is not easy. There is so much out there to learn, so may different programs to learn.
I am just going to go no and no about this I AM SORRY!
I am going to take the advice and drift towards the e-commerce and the marketable world of web site development. It is good to know that there are others out there who are in the same situation u are in (not that I would want any body to be in this situation), and there are people who can help and give advice.
I wish I could give u other guys advice on the world of web.
Hope the future holds well for aspiring web developers out there.
Thanks again and yes Knowledge is KING!
I don't want to sound like some pseudo motivational coach wannabe.. but here goes. Apologies in advance, I'm in a bit of a Yoda mood. ;)
I am trying to learn more, and with a 8-5 job it is not easy.
This statement forced me to unlurk. Learning is a life long process. Ever sat at a bar and watched the bartender manage a tough customer? Did ya learn something? Ever read a post on webmasterworld and go .. wow I didn't know that? Read a Tom Clancy book and discovered a factoid you never knew before? I hope you get what I'm trying to say..
Learning does not have to be a formal process, it is a life long activity as important breathing and feeding ones face. If I don't learn something new every day its been a bad day. Learning and teaching go hand in hand. If I don't teach someone something new, I have learnt feel a bit bad about it.
Move over to the commercial side of the business and start making some money.
Not everyone is geared to be a business oriented person. It takes a certain genetic make up to be a commercially savvy person, just like it takes a certain unknown gene to be a kick-butt tech.
Ask people who know you. Find a mentor in real life who you really admire and get advice from them. Find some old friends who you can chat with, brain storm and get drunk with. Tubelights will go on eventually. I'm a beliver in seeking advice from people who are extreme experts in the field of knowledge. When it comes to "me", people who're experts in this area are people who know me in person, not on forums.
Forums like this are extremely good places to pick up ideas and work on them. Don't plan your life around them.
what would be the most useful thing to learn?
Learn your strenghts, weaknesses and ambitions. You'll always find it easy to get knowledge in the path that knowing yourself leads you to.
More later.. I hear a happy hour and a ciggie calling me. :)
Sadly, my firm priced itself out of the market. I finished up in Miami in July of 1999, spent the rest of the year sitting at home but still getting paid. For some reason at the end of the year they let me (and many other consultants) go.
But it sure was nice while it lasted.
If you already work for a web company, I would suggest this. Read, read, read, suggest, suggest, suggest. Don't just learn, tell them what you have learned. Ask if you can try something new. Keep asking! Eventually, you will either come up with an idea they are interested in or annoy them so much that they will let you try it just to shut you up. (I've actually done that. It does work.)
From a HR background I was really luck y to ba able to work a couple of months for an insurance company developing their website. (I learned a lot of things there - my real first job as web designer/developer)
After that I've been working freelance on and off for the IT manager (bit more learning in design)
Then I've been hired by a web design company and there I've learn lots in design and lots in programming.
After 10 months working for them I had to leave the job thanks to my GF (been offered a job elsewhere) and I started working for myself.
I am now in a small town with what I believe has great potential. I work for 3 other more established web companies as a subcontractor and look for my own customers. I've got ideas on how to expand my companies that I could have never thought of before. At the moment I earn less than what I use to learn, but am sure that in a couple of months (once all the project I'm currently working on are in place) I might earn more.
My advice is use your current company to learn and do things that you wouldn't be able to afford if you had to start on your own. Learn from you colleagues and company and once you think you used all the knowledge around, move to the next and bigger company, doing slightly different things and learn some more. Once you believe you can do all of the things on your own, start you own company and all the bright ideas that you had for yourself. There again you will learn and improve things.
One thing though, learn from the pros. What I learned in a week in this forum about SEO is more that the 10 months spent with the design firm :)
Hope this helped.
My favourite book in the world suggests that you start with your funeral and work backwards. So you end up with goals for each step of your life from today onwards, which of course you change and evolve as your life moves forwards.
I guess what you've done here is ask on a public forum ... "help me, I can't work out my own ambitions".
Guess what? There are no shortcuts.
The best way to get to your own goals is to take some time out - possibly a holiday, weekend away, whatever and just ask yourself where u really want to go. It will never come from others, either in person or online.