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Hi guys, Just really looking for some advice I went for an interview today. The position was to manage the website that was to be launched in the near future. I was told by the interviewee that … Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Hi guys, Just really looking for some advice

I went for an interview today. The position was to manage the website that was to be launched in the near future.

I was told by the interviewee that they are outsourcing the website design to someone else and it would cost a lot. I suggested that if i was to get the job, i would be able to build them the website for a lot cheaper. (I am very good with webdesign etc)

The interviewee asked to see my work of a website. I showed him and he was pretty impressed.

My question is, if i wanted to freelance or get into this sort of business. Is it better to get a qualification in web design or something along those lines or to have a portfolio on its own showing my work. Or even both?

Does anyone do this now?

I have a degree in Business Management - nothing to do with web design at all. I have learnt about this purely on a hobby basis.

The company that i went to the interview for, seem to be really excited by my proposition.

Thanks
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I think that your degree in business and your portfolio would show your competence - if your going freelance mind you might be better to get a related degree. :thumbsup:
#2
To further increase my knowledge in this field, is it best to self teach myself using books, internet etc (How i have learnt till now). Or should i pay for a short course. Till now no one has really asked me about building sites. I might have been lucky with the interviewee i had for their interest, but wouldnt a course make future customers more comfortable knowing that i have some sort of qualification in this.

Thanks scott1295 for the advice
#3
I think having a good portfolio would be better as it's something practical you can demonstrate to someone to show off your skills rather than a bit of paper with a qualification on it which could be meaningless.

In terms of the best methods of development it really depends on what areas you're specifically looking to improve on.

John
#4
Freelance you need a portfolio, no client is going to look at your website and think "he has an honours in xx so he must be good". Freelancing depends on your portfolio and word of mouth. 90% of work comes via referrals from previous clients.
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preciousb
To further increase my knowledge in this field, is it best to self teach myself using books, internet etc (How i have learnt till now). Or should i pay for a short course. Till now no one has really asked me about building sites. I might have been lucky with the interviewee i had for their interest, but wouldnt a course make future customers more comfortable knowing that i have some sort of qualification in this.


I'd have thought that if you're at the level of impressing a company you'd don't need teaching but rather to keep up with the latest developments and theories. I guess there are probably events with people speaking on web design topics?

It's always worth picking up books if you can find them at your level.
#6
When I hire creatives, I always go on their portfolio of work, qualifications dont come a close second when I am considering someone.
#7
Thanks all for the reponses. I will look into creating an excellent portfolio
#8
faevilangel
Freelance you need a portfolio, no client is going to look at your website and think "he has an honours in xx so he must be good". Freelancing depends on your portfolio and word of mouth. 90% of work comes via referrals from previous clients.


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#9
Self taught designers can be wonderfully creative and may intuitively solve problems and/or create innovative sites. However, what they might be less good at are many of the technical and compliance issues relating to web design. For example they might not be aware of usability issues or of legal requirements. A good course might not teach you much more about design and build, but it should make you think of many of the other aspects of web development that you need to understand and especially that you may need to demonstrate that you understand.

By having both portfolio and qualifications you are giving a client confidence in your ability to build a great site and to do it right. Bigger clients are more likely to want qualifications and portfolio. Without qualifications you might find it more difficult to get work with larger organisations.

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