What Colleges won’t Teach about Front-End Development

In college you are taught theories and occasionally application of said theory. But are they teaching you to market yourself effectively? Are they telling you that the standards that employers have for students are growing? Big or small, companies are only wanting the best candidates and that doesn’t just include the student who has a 4.0 and was class president. They want everyone to raise their bar and realize that a grade in a class doesn’t guarantee success in these fields. So what does this mean for a career at Lampros Labs? We offer several options for employment, the big three being Front-End Developers, Back-End Developers and Project Managers. So what are the standards that we have that are slowly becoming the industry norm? Lets start with the Front-End Developers.

Front-End Development (FED) in itself is the field that the user interacts with the most. It is a blend of programming, knowing which program to use, and aesthetics, understanding element arrangements, color and font choices. FED is a field that is constantly changing as technologies improve and techniques change. The job of a developer is to be aware of how the field is changing and being able to adapt and change on the fly. It isn’t a static field and in a year the designs that are popular can be out of date. So as a student, here are some ideas you can use to make yourself standout to a company and market yourself better. The biggest thing we look for in a developer at Lampros is have they done anything outside of class, not to say that class work isn’t important. If what you do in class was so above and beyond what was asked of you that is great, but have you done anything outside of class? The best thing you can do for yourself is build a responsive website that is aesthetically sound. Responsive Web Design is an approach that aims provide the optimal viewing experience on a wide range of devices. Responsive design basically means that a site will include flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. This is something that shows passion and tells a company that you’re serious about this field and have a interest to learn and grow as a professional.

Front-End Development has many challenges that they don’t really cover in programming 101. They don’t talk about managing client expectations, educating the client, preventing scope changes, and handling client fears. These are issues that are very typical when you’re working in an industry that isn’t understood by the majority of businesses. So how do you tackle all of these problems? Class room lectures don’t give you a realistic picture of what it means to really work in this field because they’re just training you how to write code. A problem we have here at Lampros specifically is we get a lot of students who don’t understand what a Front-End Dev is. We get a lot of students who are generally unqualified with a multitude of reasons. These can range from lack of experience to overestimating their abilities when it comes to what they put on a resume. The solution to these issues is to develop a passion for the field. Do something to show others that you love what you do and that you want to be the best you can be. You do this by working on pet projects and getting involved in meaningful experience that build on your knowledge and will make you look more appealing to an employer.

If you love working on Front-End Dev projects and have some work that shows off your skills then please contact us! We would love to meet you.

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