What follows HTML and CSS is a sea of opportunities. If you think you’ve conquered HTML and CSS then you’ve won half the battle. But most of the time what seems like ‘half battle won’ is not a battle at all. So, think for a couple of minutes…
If you still think that you’ve really killed HTML and CSS, I must say, the roads ahead are less bumpy.
First things first
- What you think you’ve learned is never enough. There will always be a better way to do it.
I’ve read somewhere that the only thing you cannot unlearn in life is riding a bicycle and swimming, everything else fades away with time. So keep doing what you’ve learned about HTML and CSS. Practice as much as you can.
Never be complacent about your knowledge and learnings, complacency always backfires.
Explore new ideas you can experiment with what you’ve learned about HTML and CSS.
Explore interesting websites and functionalities that you can design yourself. Try replicating their idea. This does not mean you should copy their concept and codes. You can learn to code the way you want your website to work.
As you learn new ways to play with your HTML and CSS skills, make sure to keep track of your progress. You need to be your record keeper. Like I mentioned, there is always a better way to do things, as you learn new skills, you’ll sharpen the old ones and do it faster every time.
2. Start Learning the Advanced forms of languages you’ve learned.
At the time of writing this article, we are in the fifth version of HTML(HTML5) and third version of CSS(CSS3). Learn about the difference between versions. Besides what you should also be serious about is Responsive Web Design, SASS, jQuery etc. To take you current skill to a next level and keep upgrading you have to increase your hunger for it. Start planning your study process.
3. Build Your Portfolio
Being a Web Designer, a printed resume is not what stands you out in the crowd. Have your own website. Brand yourself.
Your portfolio should not only show the works you’ve done but more importantly the progress you’ve achieved thus far. Arrange your projects chronologically so that it reflects you’ve really come a long way since you’ve started.
4. Look for a team to work with.
If individual work makes you a hero, teamwork makes you a warrior.
Apart from the technicalities, working in a team teaches you to communicate well, learn faster, solve problems efficiently. Moreover, you’ll enjoy an exponential growth on your technical, interpersonal and communication skills.
When a group of talent applies their skills to a common goal, most often they create a revolutionary solution.
5. Go Offline at Times
Being socially active is equally important to a web designer or a software designer as it is to any other professional. There are a bunch of like-minded people like you. That is not only a getaway from your computer as a refreshment but also a way or marketing yourself.
Social events encourages entrepreneurship
Setup a group of people like you who works in a similar field, organize regular meetups, share experiences with a beer or coffee. It’s a good learning method too and it might as well be a source of a life-changing project or a product.