Real World Advice for Web Development Students

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Real World Advice for Web Development Students

Like most graduating students, web development students feel equipped enough to take on the challenges associated with their new web development careers. After all, they just received great training and are well prepared to join the work force of other web developers. However making the transition from being a college student to working in the real world can be quite a wake up call for many new web developers. Below is some real world advice for web developers who transitioning into the real working world that they may find in valuable as a launch their web development careers.

1. You’ll be providing more than just web development services -you’ll be solving problems

Now that you’ve graduated as a well-trained web developer, you’re probably prepared to offer web development services as your new title indicates. However, as you enter into the working world, keep in mind that you are there to solve your client’s problem. When you do this, you appear as the hero. So when approaching clients for work, be sure to find out exactly what the issue is and let them know how your services can solve the problem.

2. Be sensitive to other related opportunities

As a well -trained web developer, you may have picked up some additional skills such as web designing or other related services. As you’re speaking to your client about the services that you provide, be sensitive to other areas that may need attention as well. That could lend itself to additional work for you if you have the skill set to carry out the service. If you do not have the skill set to carry out additional services, it could still work in your favor and here’s how. You could refer the service to another classmate or colleague in exchange for setting up a reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationship where they would do the same for you. That could become an additional way to keep clients flowing in and through the pipeline. (Clients are sometimes very hard to come by.)

3. Learn more than offering web development services, but also learn how to run a business

If you will be working for yourself as a web developer, you will also be responsible for other aspects of the business, such as performing your own marketing and advertising and becoming good at drumming up more business for yourself. You also have to learn about accounting and invoicing, setting the best price points for your services, operations, compliance and other areas that relate to running the business.

4. Avoid using certain words as a web developer (I can’t or I don’t know)

One tip about working with clients who have problems that need to be solved is avoid using the words “I don’t know” or “I can’t”. Those words really leave a bad taste in the clients mouth. As an alternative, choose words such as “I’m not sure, but I can get back to you.” This makes the client feel more like you’re making an effort to solve their problem as opposed to leaving them hanging on an issue that’s very important to them.

5. Preparing quotes and proposals

As a professional web developer, if you decide to work for yourself, you will be responsible for submitting price quotes, setting the terms, collecting payments, working within the timeline and within the clients budget among other things. Each of these areas must be done thoroughly, professionally and must be very timely.

Hopefully these tips can speed up the learning curve and better prepare students for the working world with respect to establishing a career as a web developer.