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    A student in need of help

    Good Afternoon,

    I am a student working on my Computer Information Systems degree. Currently, I am taking HTML/CSS3, Technical Writing, and Business classes. I have been assigned the task of finding a professional who is already working within the Web Development career path to interview. It does not have to be face-to-face, nor does it require personal information. The assignment is to ask about 10 general questions related to the job. The purpose of this project is for us, the students, to get a more realistic picture of the current state of the industry. The interview can be here on the forums if need be. I do not wish to know, share or receive anyone's real name, or contact info.

    Is there anyone willing to help me out? I will keep it as painless as possible. I also do not need answers to the questions until the 25th of this month.

    Thanks in advance.

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    I could possibly help, particularly if it's something where perhaps you could provide the questions, and I could email the replies as I have time -- or does it need to be interactive in a real-time way?
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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by NogDog View Post
    I could possibly help, particularly if it's something where perhaps you could provide the questions, and I could email the replies as I have time -- or does it need to be interactive in a real-time way?
    Thank you for the reply.

    We will finish developing the questions in class tomorrow and then I will post them right here unless you prefer email. It does not need to be real-time. As I first mentioned, aside from asking opinions about the career field, none of these questions will be personal in nature. I truly appreciate your willingness to help.

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    Posting here should be fine. Depending on the nature of the questions, people might be willing/able to just reply here, too.
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    Interview Questions

    Thank you for your willingness to help.

    Here are the questions:

    1. Can you tell me about the day-to-day responsibilities of a web developer?
    2. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this field?
    3. What education or certifications do you recommend for being competitive as a developer?
    4. Is web development a primary responsibility or is it more commonly a ‘side job’ for other types of jobs i.e. graphic design?
    5. What are the biggest challenges a web developer faces.
    6. How difficult is it to find a job as a web developer?
    7. Is work done with firms, or is it more often freelance work?
    8. What professional associations are prevalent in the field? Do you belong to any of them?
    9. What does an effective portfolio look like as a web designer?
    10. If you could go back to before your started this career path and give yourself some advice, what would it be?

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    This is from the perspective of someone who works as part of a team of developers, who are one of several teams working on different projects for the same company.

    1. Can you tell me about the day-to-day responsibilities of a web developer?

    Coordinating with team members to determine who needs to work on what in order to best meet short-term goals, then doing what you committed to doing.

    2. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this field?

    Love to solve puzzles and hate giving up on difficult ones. Always ready to learn new things.

    3. What education or certifications do you recommend for being competitive as a developer?

    With the cost of college these days, at least in most of the USA, I'm not sure it's worth a 4-year comp. sci. degree if it's going to put you into debt -- at least not for a lot of web dev work. (Programmers for NASA, that's a different story.) Some of the intense "boot camps" that are available to learn specific skills in a few months may get you into an intro-level job 2 or 3 years sooner than a 4-year bachelors degree, so there are some difficult decisions to make these days in this regard.

    4. Is web development a primary responsibility or is it more commonly a ‘side job’ for other types of jobs i.e. graphic design?

    I my case, most of the developers where I work are involved in some aspect of web development, as that is essentially what our products are. A minority are instead data analysis/processing devs, along with a few dev-ops specialists.

    5. What are the biggest challenges a web developer faces.

    Constantly changing browsers ( ), tight schedules, poorly thought out business requirements, new and changing languages and tools to keep up with.

    6. How difficult is it to find a job as a web developer?

    Good programmers with good people skills and positive attitudes should have very little problem finding jobs. Mediocre programmers who do not "play nicely with others" may find it difficult to compete.

    7. Is work done with firms, or is it more often freelance work?

    I tried being a freelancer for a couple years and hated it. Now I've been part of a dot.com-type company for over 5 years and am much happier in that sort of environment, working with a great team of people I really like.

    8. What professional associations are prevalent in the field? Do you belong to any of them?

    I don't really know, and no.

    9. What does an effective portfolio look like as a web designer?

    I am not a web designer, so don't know. (I'm mainly a server-side specialist with fairly rudimentary client-side skills and very limited artistic abilities.)

    10. If you could go back to before your started this career path and give yourself some advice, what would it be?

    Start earlier. (It was a long, curious path that led to me getting my first full-time software developer job in my mid-50's. )
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    Thank you very much for your feedback. This, along with my research, should help me put together a decent paper on the profession.

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