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How to choose my career?

Asked Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

I am in 10th std .I am not able to decide what should I become.please suggest me something .But i have a feeling that i should become a #web developer.Is that good decision?

7 answers

M’s Answer

Updated Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hi Priya If you want to know whether the Web Development path is what you want. I suggest going to sites like codeacademy.com, codecamp.org to try out the HTML/CSS/Javascript courses to see if those spark your interests. If you do, practice, practice, and more practice on sites like https://codefights.com/ or hackerrank.com. When I was young, I wanted to be a programmer, or I should say what we called a Software Engineer nowadays, but it's just not my thing. But I ended up as a web developer coding in Python, HTML, CSS, and JS. You also don't need to have a CS degree in order to succeed. Unless you are writing web applications that are algorithms heavy, you hardly ever need to know what a LinkedList or what data structures are. CS degree is more for a Software Engineer or you want to work for big companies such as Google or Facebook, they *will* ask you what LinkedLists, Data Structures are and how to design algorithms (just google Google or Facebook interview process... hehe punt...). I have been web development field for 12 years, I love what do. I'm very passionate about it. It's like a big puzzle to me and I love using codes to piece together the interactivities. Just remember a career is not a job, it's something you enjoy doing. Remember: "If you love what you do. You'll never work a day in your life." Hope that helps and good luck!

akshata’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Hi Priya,

A lot of students think that choosing a stream such as science is important so that they can ‘keep their options open’.. What you need to do is draw up a list of careers that you would like to pursue and figure out which stream would give you the adequate tools to lead you to it. Research is the way to go!

Be crystal clear about your end goal (and commit to it)

Before getting started, understand that the following steps are specific for those looking for a software engineer. They’re not for the person who is:

  • Dabbling with code for the first time
  • Unsure if coding is right for them
  • Wishing to pursue web design, UX, UI, or any other design-related field
  • Wanting to freelance full-time
  • Hoping to start their own business

Transitioning into a new career is not easy. But when you have a final destination in mind, it helps tremendously when you hit bumps in the road. A crystal-clear goal looks something like this:

  • “I want to work as a software developer at an established tech company.”
  • “I want to work at a brand new startup, as a software engineer, in the industry I adore.”
  • “I want to build things on a team, and get paid well for it.”

No matter the specifics of your dream, you MUST be committed to the end goal of becoming a full-time software engineer.

Kaeson’s Answer

Updated

Hi Priya!


Above are all pretty good advices, here I'm adding some points on this.


To me doing web developing is not different from other software engineering jobs,

It's different domain and using different languages, e.g., Javascript/HTML/CSS, you might have more opportunities to do products that used by normal user directly so it's a big plus if you like this.


Here's some examples what this combination (Javascript/HTML/CSS) can do, if you feel excited about this, web developer could be a good choice for you.

https://codepen.io/2017/popular/pens/10/

It's always nice to try and you will know if that's a right fit for you, https://www.wix.com/ is another resource you can explore.


I'd think do be successful, computer science background is needed, there's a lot of knowledge we can apply to real world problems, for example you will need to understand data structors/algorithm to make your JS code more performant and more structuralized. Also in terms of landing a job, to have CS degree will help you at the beginning to get into companies you are passionate about easier.


This is only for being a web developer though, it's really great that you are thinking about the career path, in general my advice is always explore as much as you can, be really good at something you are passionate about, at the end you will find the career path.


Kaeson recommends the following next steps:

  • Try building thing with web
  • Explore as much as you can

Stavan’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Choose the career which you love the most towards.

How to know you love some work is that if you need to put least effort to do a job.. OR after finishing the job if you dont feel tired or if you feel doing it again and again that is the career path you should be choosing.

Rupam’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Hi Priya - I am 2 years late answering your question so I assume you've already made up your mind. If not, here are my 2 cents.  

Understand your strengths and your interests, speak to elders, your teachers, your friends and family, build a network of people who might be able to share details of avenues available to pursue and contemplate on what excites you. You do not necessarily need to decide what you want to become right away - the more you speak to others, the more you get to know of what options are available - you might stumble upon an area of interest that you feel strongly about. Take your time because you will spend every waking hour spending on what you choose to become. 

Vijaya’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

I am not sure how you picked your career role. hope you aren't fascinated about the fancy names. Also i understand the confusion the youngster go through after 10 board exam.

Firstly understand yourself, what is your strength and weakness, what you can perform well. Talk to multiple people and understand what are different job roles available, and analyze to see which job roles suites you and your interest.

Understand what is the role of the web developer and is that your interest as well. unless you are aware of what the job role need and is that your interest, you will be unable to succeed in the career.



Lucia Valeria’s Answer

Updated
Hi Priya! to be a web developer the required education Bachelor's degree related to computer science. You should take classes based on math, science in this last two years of high school in order to see if you like them. Also you can google the qualification for web developer, and what you should be able to do as a developer.
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