What does is take to be a website designer?
- 26th June 2014
- Posted by: Juan van Niekerk
- Category: Web Design
Web design is one of the most sought after skills in the IT industry. So, what does it take to be a website designer? To become a fully competent and sought after designer, you will need to demonstrate and provide examples of your work. This is generally presented in the form of a portfolio. This can include assignments or projects you have previously worked on in a workplace environment or education institution. Alongside relevant experience, employers will be able to see examples of your work and that you have the experience necessary to ensure that you are the right person for the job.
It is important to note however, that website design is a very competitive profession and employers and clients are looking for those candidates that can not only demonstrate their individuality and creative flair but also an understanding of how to incorporate the needs of the business in to their website and increase their presence online. Candidates also need to be able to generate systems that will improve data capture from potential customers, implement techniques on interacting with customers and finally to entice those customers to purchase their products or services.
To put it simply, if you are looking to start a career in Website Design or looking to upgrade your knowledge and skill set, you will need to obtain certifications from an internationally recognised web design company such as CIW. This will provide the proof that you have the skills and creative ability that employers are looking for. It will also underpin your credibility and that you have the correct skills and knowledge to make you stand out from the rest. If you have a brilliant portfolio, relevant experience and formal qualifications, you will find that there is little competition from other website designers when attempting to secure a job in web design.
The core skills that are required:
- Creative Flair
- Attention to detail
- Excellent Communicator
- Ability to work under pressure
- A passion for the internet and social media
What general daily tasks could you expect to face?
- Meet with clients to get an understanding of what they want from their website.
- Designing the structure, look and feel of the website.
- Working closely with the development team to build the website.
- Uploading content to the site
- Ensure the site meets all functionality requirements.
A website designer is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding roles in IT, both from a financial and career satisfaction perspective. It offers flexible employment opportunities where you can work as a freelance designer or in an employed role for a blue chip company or Design Agency for example.
CIW offer various certifications in different areas of website design and there is also the flexibility to progress stage by stage or take a course that provides the full suite of certifications.
Courses available in website design from CIW:
- Web Foundation Associate
- Web Design Professional
- Web Development Professional
- Web Security Professional