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Thread: I need your guys help on my career change! Please!

  1. #1
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    Oct 2010

    I need your guys help on my career change! Please!

    Hi everyone:

    I thought I would come to where the experts go to talk to each other. I have a bachelors degree, have had two successful businesses, but the last one fizzled due to the economy and I've been on unemployment for 14 months. I was in healthcare and sales before and if I can't get a sales job then I know the market sucks - at least in Portland.

    I love technology and am pretty creative, although I can't draw worth a darn on a piece of paper. Does that mean I shouldn't be a web designer? I also want to start my own mobile marketing company, but I have to work with people and be creative so I'm assuming to write the program infrastructure I would need to know the mobile web programming (is that C++, or CSS, or XML or all of them?).

    I am better at deciding if websites look good and are user friendly versus being attracted to working alone at my computer all day writing coded to build the infrastructure of a website.

    So in addition to the above questions, if anyone could help me with these, it might change my life and I would be so grateful. I'm almost homeless right now! =(

    1) How many developers and designers does it take to make a relatively simple web page?

    2) The same question as above for a mobile application? For an application do I also need a team of computer programmers cause it sounds like they are very different from web developers in what languages they need to know?

    3) If a website works on a computer will it work on a cell phone too? If not, why?

    4) If a computer program works on a computer, how do they alter it (i.e. MS Word) to be able to get it to also work on a cell phone?

    5) How long does it take to make a simple iPhone or Android application do you think and are only computer programmers necessary for that since it's an app or do you also need web designers and programmers?

    6) If I want to get an entrry level job in web design, where do I start? Do I need to get a bachelor's degree first or just teach myself programs like flash, or Java, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, etc, and then companies don't care about a degree if you're good at what you do?

    7) What languages should I start with? HTML probably and then what? My friends tell me large companies only have people that specialize in Flash, then another team of designers for each program, is that true? How do I know which ones I should learn then?

    Thanks so so much everyone! I truly appreciate it and have a great weekend.

    Scott Kemp

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Denver, Colorado
    Just my opinion...you know how that goes:

    1. 1

    2. An app is different than a web page...but I'm sticking with 1 at a minimum. You would need to know objective c for stuff like iphone apps...if you don't know it you would need people that do know it. The number of people would depend on how quickly you need to release it, how involved the project is and what skills you bring to the table.

    3. Yes. But won't look right unless you can determine that it is a cell phone by its user agent (or another method) and apply separate css.

    4. Rewrite and recompile to port it to that device.

    5. If you want the app to function you need a developer. If you want it to look good you need a designer...some people are good at both, but not many that i've met.

    6. Entry level implies no experience and low pay. Don't think they care about degrees at that point...perhaps never. A degree in design might help you perform better...but experience counts in my book.

    7. HTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript, SQL - not necessarily in that order.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    thanks so much!

    That was super helpful and I really appreciate it. It all seems so overwhelmving so who freakin' knows what I'm going to do, ugh.

    Thanks again!


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