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mianasand Tue 26-Nov-19 17:58:55

So I have been learning web development for the last 2 years, I am on Code camp, Code academy, Udemy and I have a portfolio of my work and creations .. I have been trying for a while now to get my foot in the door. I have had a few interviews and they seem keen and like my motivated positive attitude towards web development and always say we would love to hire a web developer like like you but it never comes to an opportunity ... anyone got any ideas ... I cant afford to leave my current full time job, I have been offered a couple internships but they want me full time and I cant do it , I cant loose the income I have now ... I'll link my portfolio for some feed back but if anyone has any ideas please do share ... . distjames.wixsite.com/djsanderson

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CookieDoughKid Wed 04-Dec-19 19:41:56

I think web development has had their day. Too many people can do it at a far cheaper price especially from overseas. You thought about cloud computing, big data coding or analytics? That's where the money is.

FingersXssd83 Fri 13-Dec-19 18:24:49

There's lots of money in coding. It's a specialist skill set that's in demand.

You need some experience of working to briefs for businesses.

Can you get some experience developing a charity - corporate or agency experience would also be great for your portfolio?

Good luck!

Timmytoo Fri 13-Dec-19 18:29:10

I'm in SEO and marketing management and online shop development. Far more opportunity to get a job. Woo commerce offers good courses.

magicmallow Fri 13-Dec-19 18:31:56

Is your specialism web development or graphic design? There's a conflict between what you offer on your website. I'd say if you specialise, offer just the one skill rather than multiple, it's confusing.

Also there are some good examples on your website, but some that look rather amateur (apologies, I don't mean to be blunt - I'm a professional in the design industry) so you could do with being highly selective about the pieces that you show, and only show the top quality work that is clean, slick and professional. Bounce your portfolio off a few different people (maybe people in the industry) to get their feedback on what they like / don't like.

Hope this is useful, rather than coming across a criticism (it's not meant to be a criticism).

Timmytoo Fri 13-Dec-19 19:24:11

I find your website too confusing and busy with no flow.

mianasand Tue 25-Feb-20 07:42:05

Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. I will be looking to stream lining the website. Again, thanks for taking the time.

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tribpot Tue 25-Feb-20 08:05:00

My first thought was that a web developer wouldn't use Wix to build their site, but I think I might be being a bit old-fashioned about that (I built my website from scratch whereas a UX firm I know built theirs on Wordpress).

I googled for 'web developer portfolio' and came across this site which is much more what I would expect.

My major issue with your site is that the header is way too big, taking up half the space on the screen on my Mac (example attached - I'm scrolling through and my view of the content is limited to the bottom half of the screen).

I would say your copy text isn't very professional - which is fine, that wouldn't necessarily be your job on a project anyway. But it is jarring and so I'd limit what you write and stick to showcasing your skills. Example: "I was lucky and it save me a lot of time in the discovery phase – because the business was my brother inlaws venture, I knew alot about the business, its journey and goals"

Personally I wouldn't mention this is your brother-in-law's business at all, but if you are going to mention it, this sentence should read "I was lucky and it saved me a lot of time in the discovery phase - because the business was my brother-in-law's venture, I knew a lot about the business, its journey and goals". There are all sorts of grammar mistakes in your copy so I would drastically reduce the amount of text and then ask someone to proof it for you. In the example I linked to above (findmatthew) there's hardly any text at all, just a brief description of the project (and its tech stack) and then a link to the website.

I do think you need to find a way to take one of those internships; you do need some commercial experience to help strengthen your portfolio. Have you considered an apprenticeship? NHS Digital run one, for example.

mianasand Tue 25-Feb-20 09:31:32

cool, I am planning to re-do everything on the website, thanks tribpot, so how /what did you use to build your website? every opportunity is a learning opportunity 😊

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tribpot Tue 25-Feb-20 11:04:40

It's just a very simple one based on Bootstrap.

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