Changing your career path is overwhelming to say the least.
Not only do you feel like you’re admitting to yourself and the world that you’ve been wrong about your calling these last several years, but starting something new is scary… especially when you’re voluntarily demoting yourself to the bottom of the ladder so you have to work all over again to work your way back towards the top.
But when you pick the right career path for yourself, which will help you achieve your career goals, the worries and the “overwhelm” are significantly less daunting and bothersome, and you can really focus on achieving your dream position, dream company, and your dream life that comes with a career you know you want.
And with an internet boom that’s (probably) never going to stop booming, web design is a perfect career to switch to.
It’s got a great mix of creative potential, attention to detail, high demand, and decent pay.
If a company has a website, they want it to look good. (And these days, even the smallest one-person companies have websites.)
And if you get frustrated with crappy websites and are dying for more job security, a web design career may be a great decision for you!
So, if you’re still on the fence and waiting for that little extra push to get started on a dream career in IT, think about some of these reasons why web design wins out over other career paths:
1. You’re tired of dealing with ho-hum websites
We act as end users of websites every singe day.
Each time we log into our online email, check Facebook, or do any kind of online research, we act as a website’s end user.
But, for you in particular, acting as an end user can be particularly frustrating if a site doesn’t have great design. You hate senseless navigation, and you find yourself mapping out ideas in your mind on how websites could be made better, more useful, and more intuitive.
2. Creativity excites you – and you’ve got great to attention to detail
In your current career, your attention to detail has gotten you far, and it’ll assist you well with web design.
But fine-pointed details aren’t everything. The great thing about working as a web developer is that some details are subjective, and you’ve got enough freedom with your details to make your mark and put your own spin on the things you create – which is something you’ve been dying to do.
3. You want job security (& a decent salary)
With the advent of technology, a lot of industries are losing the strong footing they once had in the marketplace. (Anything printed, for example.)
Maybe you currently work for a newspaper or magazine laying out and designing the advertising pages, but the fact that you’ve consistently got fewer and fewer ads to fit on fewer and fewer pages is starting to scare you.
You’ve already got a great skill set that can be easily applied to a web design career, so making the leap into something that’s got a high demand and is expected to continue to have significant job growth only makes sense.
The salary’s also decent, ranging from $63,000 to $101,000 nationwide.
4. You’ve always found code interesting, but maybe don’t want to be a full-on software developer
Whether you want to dig your fingers deep into coding languages as a web designer or not, you do find it fascinating that simple commands entered on the backend of one screen can have such profound changes on how things look on the front screen that’s showed to users.
You also think it’s pretty cool that you can put commands together with code to make the designs of a web page actually work the way you visualize them working. You also know that things that work well are so much better for business than things that are just barely up to code.
As a web designer, you can dabble in code as much as you like, without being obligated to only stare at a screen of letters, numbers, and symbols all day long like app and software developers do.
5. You want to have an impact in people’s lives
As a web designer, you’ll be able to create things that last and that many people will use every single day in their work or personal lives.
You’ve got a deep desire to make things that are useful to the world, and you love delighting people with things that are a joy to use (i.e. your design).
6. You were ready for a new career yesterday
Web design is a great career for people who are ready to jump in head-first.
If leaving your current job ASAP isn’t going to hurt your feelings in any way, even if you know little to nothing about web design, you can learn the basics of web design rather quickly!
This gets you ready for an entry-level position in web design! THEN you can improve your skills, education, and on-the-job experience to get promoted from there.
7. You’re nerdy enough to enjoy learning
As a web designer, you’re working with the internet, which means things are constantly, and we mean CONSTANTLY, changing.
Translation: you’ll have to learn about new design trends, backend tweaks, and anything and everything new that can affect on-site user experience. (On desktop and mobile.)
The good thing is, you’re nerdy enough to actually enjoy all this learning, making your career as a web designer something that’s new, exciting and evolving every day! You can say goodbye to feeling like your job is “stagnant.”
Still Have Doubts About Switching to Web Design?
If you know you’d love to be a web designer, but still find yourself with doubts about leaving your current career to pursue this new idea, you’re not alone.
Lots of people struggle with the decision to change careers everyday, but with the right training and support behind them, almost no one regrets it… the only thing regrettable is staying in a career you don’t love.
If you’re thinking harder and harder about switching to a web design career every day, you can request some information on our web design career prep courses and get in touch with one of our career counselors who can help you weigh the pros and cons of the decision you’re making.