It’s one thing to watch coding tutorials, read programming books, and make portfolio sites. It’s quite another to have to build websites from spec, to meet deadlines, and most importantly, to make sure that your bosses and clients are happy!
Success will never happen overnight. But it often happens after days, weeks, months, and years of trying hard and not giving up. Web development is a broad field, and like any skill, it takes a long time to really get good at it. You have a long road ahead of you, and at this moment, there is a lot that you don’t know.
People skills are just as important as coding skills. Even though we work with code, we are ultimately working with people. The websites and apps that we build are meant for humans. And no matter your job, you’ll be working with human customers, clients, or coworkers.
Learn how to support and motivate yourself. Researching and testing on your own will help you learn how to teach yourself new concepts.
Know when to seek for assistance. Instead of giving up early and asking someone else to do work for you, do as much as you could yourself. And when asking for help, show that you’ve done some work on your own.
Don’t settle for less. Keep improving. Analyze and learn from your mistakes. When you feel like something is wrong, step back and think. Make a decision for the better. Never stop learning new things.
Stay curious. This desire to understand how things work is at the heart of every engineer. Let your curiosity feed that desire. Don’t shut it off just to get things done. Understanding the why is extremely important.
The best web developer isn’t just good at coding. He is also really good at understanding the big picture, and at working with people.