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Well we are on the verge of 2018 and I wanted to create a post about my story and hopefully seek advice from the forum experts that can help me on my way in 2018.
After 22 years working in a different declining industry, I made the decision that I wanted to move into a computer-related discipline. In order to create a springboard, I opted to go to university and do a business computing degree. During this degree, we did touch base on web design and web development and I really did enjoy the creative aspects of this. The degree, unfortunately, did not go into great depth with the creative areas I liked and it left me with more questions than answers. It did, however, help me in deciding what I wanted to do after graduating in July 2017.
Since leaving university I have struggled to get an effective learning plan together to get me to become a junior web designer. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there, so I am now looking at where the best online communities are to learn from and put a plan together for the next few months that I can follow every day and cover the topics that will really help me go forward.
I have put many WordPress websites together over time but this wasn’t really web design as I just used existing templates and filled in the content. I now want to really understand the whole process and create sites from scratch.
I did try for a junior web designer job at a local university for the experience. The feedback was that they were looking for someone with 5-6 recent websites and a good understanding of taking a client brief to completion. Understanding typography, colours and seeing a personal design style was also a requirement.
I know I’m still a way off from getting to that level. I would really appreciate the advice from you guys here on how to maximise my learning. I am considering joining TeamTreehouse for their web design track as it looks very relevant. I have also just completed a couple of Udemy courses on responsive websites. I also have some experience with HTML and CSS but could really do with going deeper with it as well as wireframing.
Any advice would be most appreciated, and I wish you all a very happy new year