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Thread: IMPORTANT: Afraid of learning web deisgning :(

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    IMPORTANT: Afraid of learning web deisgning :(

    Hi guys, it's my very first post.

    This is my first year in the university, and i really want to work from home, specially from internet. So, I have an offer to learn web designing, (a course will take 105 hours).

    I have two problems making me not to take this step till now, which is:
    1- There are a lot of codes, maybe i will forget them after learning?
    2- THE BIGGEST PROBLEM, i'm afraid of not finding a clients/work on freelancer or elance or even a job after learning web designing.

    Are these problems could be solved? Thanks guys.

    Regards,

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    Nothing ventured, nothing gained, they say...
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    If you have a passion for programming or developing websites, you'll follow your dream and learn it whether you make a living at it or not.

    Don't follow a career because you're offered a way to make money after you take a class.

    It seems like so many people think they need to go to college in order to get a good paying job. Why? If a young person is obsessed with operating large equipment, like a bulldozer, then pursue that career. Work at something you enjoy doing.

    If web design/development is your passion, you will have the ambition to learn it without taking classes. Everything you need to learn about it can be had for free. You can get your own shared webhost account w/domain name for only $50 - $75 per year. With that, you use your site as a canvas to write scripts, experiment, learn new techniques, try out online tutorials, and learn the art of web design/development. No classes needed.

    Follow your passion, your dreams, the thing you most wish to do.
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    I cant remember tge quote exactly and im sure its been repeated multiple times to relate to different fields but it the message it tried to convey was a day doing something you love is worth more than the money u make..

    I can understand ur situation as i am currently in college and often wonder what if my choice of degrees will be a regret later in life.. Mostly because of the people in my life not understanding and questioning my choice.. What keeps me going is my desire to do what i love, or rather, not waking up to a 9 to 5 at a job i hate because it was "safer"


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    Look for any local businesses in your area and see if they'd like a website. A simple small business website just for advertising purposes isn't hard to do; using something like Wordpress and themes makes it even easier. Being familiar with HTML and CSS should be fine when first starting out. After that you can venture into other languages such as jQuery/javascript and PHP (if you stick with Wordpress knowing PHP will help a lot).

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    First of all, 105 hours is just over 2.5 weeks full time. That's not enough to learn anything beyond even the basics of web designing...and that's if you're a quick study. You'll be ready to do a whole bunch of not much after that.

    Second, as others have pointed out, it comes down to doing what you enjoy and being able to apply knowledge, not "are there jobs in X?" The problem with sites like Freelancer and eLance isn't that it's hard to find work on them...it's that it's almost too easy to find work if you know what you're doing. There are a lot of applicants, and the vast majority of them couldn't do up a pair of velcro shoes without a 3" training binder with diagrams to show them how to do it. There are talented designers and developers on those sites, but well over 99% of the workers are factory mentality churn and burn types. If you can't get work on these sites, it's on you.

    It pretty much comes down to "can I apply knowledge"? If you can, go for it. If you can't, don't bother.
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    God, it's so hard to say what you can 2.5 weeks... cause me personally, I started in 9th grade learning in my free time.

    But generally, cram courses will go throguh a lot, but you probably won't memorize all the code you need.

    Memorization comes from repetition.

    So the basic idea is to undersatnd the physical flow of websites and understand the styling of websites and know what you need in order to do something (say for example, make a sidebar). If you forget the code you need, just reference it or find a cheat sheet. I personally kept going back to an html cheatsheet by webmonkey back in the day when I forgot things, especially form elements.

    As for finding clients, well, that has nothing to do with the course and nothing to do with web design. That's all about hustle and your ability to find the money.

    All in all, if you're looking to develop a career or a side skill, this is not a bad idea. If you want to just make some side money while in school or away from your full time job, I think there's a lot of better things to do.


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