Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Gandi1979, Nov 14, 2004.
moved this from the unemployment office....
anyone do this for a living? how'd ya get started?
yes and no, i work as a web designer - but i am going to school and definitly dont want to do it for a living.
i got started by doing a work study with a company through high school sophmore year (i had no experience ). i worked for 2 days/wk one semester with no pay, but go a credit. That summer they hired me and i have been worknig there full time summer/part time winter for 4 years.
Its a small company, like 15 people or something (5 do web dev directly)
what do you make? what type of skills do you have?
I do it for a living. Started on the side in 98-99, doing simple pages for gaming community pages. It then expanded to a very large community site, and remains that way towards the present.
In 1999, I started to work at an ISP that happened to host websites. As tech support, I was able to dabble a bit further into webpage land..
It was opportunities like above that allowed me to get the job I have today. Been at it for over 1 1/2 years. I plan to do this for a long time; business is lucrative.
My rate is $14 an hour, but that is a not a perfect representation. I'll work for like 32 hours in two weeks and get a paycheck for 40 or 45 hours.
I am also due up for a raise real soon. Proley $1 or $2 dollers per hour.
Also, i am not certified. Because i am leaving the job, i dont really want to take the time to become microsoft certified. Everyone who has started there and later got certified has gotten a descent sized raise.
During high school, I took a college course on web development. My professor liked my work and beleived I could make some decent money off of it. She helped out through advertising. I didn't get many jobs, but I got a couple, they didn't pay much--but it was experience.
The real jobs started when I started attending college 3 years ago. I met a friend at the college I was attending and I made him a couple webpages (Free of charge). He knew a lot of people who had needs for web development, and he hooked me up through them. At that time was when I started doing server-side scripting, learning Perl, and later on PHP.
I have attempted to start my own web/software development firm. It is kind of already established, considering the projects I've done in the past, but there is no centeralized "business" with it yet. I have started the website for it, but because of senior projects in school, I am forced to stop production until I graduate.
I'll be finished with college in March.
I don't plan on doing web development for a living, maybe just something on the side for some extra income. Right now, my main goal is aiming towards Database Administrator. I like Databases. I plan to hit up a few certifications and get some DBA experience going. If not DBA, I'll try to end up as a Network Administrator, or further my experience as a Sys. Admin, which is what I'm doing now. Previously, my goal was being a programmer, who knows... I just might stick with that. I'm only taking other jobs in consideration because of the problems the software industry is going through right now.