Jobs in Web Design and Development
I have really enjoyed talking with our members since I joined Treehouse as Jobs Team Lead. Straight up, it’s been inspiring.
Some members I’ve talked with are completely new to web development and curious how they can get a web design job or web development job. The most common questions I receive from newbies are “Where do I begin?”, “What should I be focusing on?”, and “How can I get a position at [insert tech company name here]?” It’s very difficult to reply to everyone quickly so my awesome colleague Etan suggested a blog post addressing these common questions as a solution. Abrakadabra!
No Degree Required
Don’t get me wrong, I believe there is value in a college degree. It comes with a reputation and signals a certain profile to potential employers (mainly as a result of the awarding institution’s admission and screening process more than what they teach interestingly) along with some expected skill sets. Moreover, in traditional college environments you hopefully make friends and develop soft skills that can help you in various ways for the rest of your life.
Many industries definitely require a degree…for example your chances of getting an investment banking internship without one are close to zero. However, I have talked with several hiring managers and CEOs of tech companies who consistently tell me that a degree from a college or university is not a requirement for them. To be sure, some require a degree but there are just as many, if not more who do not. So don’t let the fact that you do not have a degree get in the way of your dreams. Indeed, the Treehouse Product Team is composed of people with and without degrees, and there is no discernable difference between the two.
Think about it. Many successful entrepreneurs from recent history did not go to or complete college. People usually mention Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg in this conversation but don’t forget Pete Cashmore, Michael Dell, Walt Disney, Larry Ellison, and Shawn Fanning among others. Labor omnia vincit. I’d love to dissect this issue further but its beyond the scope of this blog post so lets move on.