Hi, my name is Jure Reljanović. I like learning about coding and technology and helping others by sharing my experience.
When I was in the process of learning web development, I was always thinking to myself: “Am I ready to start applying for jobs”, “How many things do I need to know before I start applying for jobs”, “When should I start applying for jobs”. These are probably one of the most important questions in your web development career and ones most people struggle with.
These questions mainly focus on the people who are self-taught web developers but also can help people who’ve learned programming in college or in some different way.
If you are not thinking about applying for jobs, you won’t get a job, it’s that simple but a lot of people get that wrong. They think that they need to just keep learning and jobs will come or something like that and that’s not how things work. You need to always ask yourself if you are ready or you’ll never be ready.
Starting applying for jobs is one very brave decision and not all people are brave enough to do it, but they need to or they will be stuck in learning new things and newer getting anything out of that. There is one exception and that’s when you’re building your own product like a website or app or something else, then you can get away without actually applying for jobs because you’ve just created a job for yourself.
In terms of back-end development jobs, things are a little different in my opinion. If you are applying for development jobs, which only require back-end technologies like Python, Django, PHP, Laravel or something else, you should probably know those technologies.
But, there are a lot of situations where the job requires a back-end technology like Django, Python’s framework for web development, and also some front-end technologies like HTML and CSS. If you have a job offer like that and you only know Python you should apply because HTML and CSS are very easy to learn, but if you don’t know Python and only know HTML and CSS then you maybe not apply and rather look for some front developer jobs, where you’ll have much bigger chances.
Full-stack development jobs are probably the most intimidating ones because they require you to have the most amount of knowledge, but in the truth, it’s not like that. A lot of people apply for the full-stack development job and end up doing only the back-end or the front-end for the most time.
The point is that there are rare cases where you will be only doing the jobs that you’ve applied for, in most of the cases you will be doing a little bit of front-end and a little bit of back-end, and that’s also true for front-end and back-end only jobs.
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For the end, you need to know that there are rare cases where you will be working the job that is the exact same as the one you’ve applied for, you will be probably working a little bit of everything. And in terms of applying, you should apply for jobs that you feel half qualified at least.
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Also, if you think that I have missed something or you have any other questions, be sure to post your questions in the comments or send me an email at [email protected], I will be happy to answer them.
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