5 Reasons Why Women Should Consider a Career in Web Development

 

Internet is one of the most important networks that humans have invented until now. The fact that you do not need to be in the same location to be able to write, read, listen, and see information or digital products that come from different parts of the world, and instantly, is fascinating.

But there is a mistaken idea that to be able to develop products or platforms on the internet, you have to be a genius, especially because you are competing with men. A lot of women, including myself in the past, do not even consider this industry for this reason.

But, my friend, I want to let you know that developing the web can be easier than you might think. You only need to leave that intimidation behind and believe in yourself. I know, it reads like a cliché, but it is true.

Do not believe me? Maybe these 5 reasons will help you consider a career in web development:

  1. Learning web development is getting easier and less expensive
  2. There is always a problem to solve
  3. You can work remotely
  4. You feel empowered
  5. You are helping with the advancement of society… if you consider society

1) Learning web development is getting easier and less expensive

Per Internet World Stats, until June 30, 2019, there are 4,536,248,808 internet users while there are around 7,716,223,209 earthlings.

These numbers mean that 58.8% of the world population has access to the internet, and these numbers continue to increase.

That’s why creating and maintaining the structure and content of the internet is increasingly vital to human life.

If we see it from the business perspective and the opportunity to make money, you have a distribution channel that almost 50% of the planet could access.

There is more demand for programmers than the market can supply. The number of students that graduate from Computer Science, or something along those lines, is not enough to cover the thousands of existing digital businesses in the country.

Furthermore, most web developer job postings do not require a college diploma on the topic.

That is why, right now, there are a decent amount of coding boot camps that have emerged online and in person. Within months, you are ready to venture out as a web developer.

The average costs of coding boot camps are lower than college tuition. There are also coding boot camps that offer you courses to help you find your first job, and you pay after being employed as a web developer.

There are coding boot camps, and there are also multiple free online platforms that aim to help you learn to code the web. Besides, there are videos, blogs, social media profiles to find the resources needed to learn on your own and free. I went ahead on this route 😆. Heck, I even wrote an article with all the free resources for newbie coders I have used to learn some aspects of the web.

Right now, there are lots of opportunities to learn to code the web. So if you are on the web, the difficulty in obtaining resources to learn how to code should not be an excuse!

2) There is always a problem to solve

Web development is not only for creating marketing or landing pages, so your business has an online presence. Neither online platforms that already have website templates are diminishing the need for web developers.

The web is developing so that applications do not require a computer download. Applications now are cloud-based. That adds another layer of complexity that amounts to even more problems to solve hence more job opportunities.

Also, you can solve problems by creating online products. Platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, DropBox, and AirBnB solved a problem using web technologies.

An example, Facebook created personal profiles and connected humans in an unprecedented manner. On the other hand, Pinterest helps to organize your ideas visually instead of words. You can store and access documents or files from any part of the world by using DropBox. You can experience how local people live while you are traveling by scheduling your lodging arrangement via AirBnB. Anyway, these companies’ founders developed each platform with a problem in mind, and these products were the proposed solutions.

How often have you worked on something and questioned: ‘Is there an app for this?’ Imagine that you can say: ‘Is there an app for this?’, sit down and write it yourself.

Before getting hands-on with code, you can read How to Practice Problem Solving Without Writing Code to start getting into the problem-solving mindset.

You can check out a series of articles about HTML (HyperMarkup Language), one of the web development languages that people usually start their journey with. HTML for Beginners, HTML: Tag Attributes, and HTML: Tag Nesting are articles for those ready to start writing computer instructions. It also intends to help the readers to create their first web component to get excited about programming.

Trust me. It will be the closest thing to magic you are going to get.

3) You can work remotely

Remote work is the synonym of location freedom. Choosing the place or environment you want to work in daily gives you more control of your life.

If you want to work far from home, so far that you have to take an airplane, you can. If you need to stay home, so somebody receives the kids when they arrive home after school, you can. You do not want to use the car not to pollute the environment or avoid road rage; you can.

Sure, remote work is not for every person. Some people feel that they benefit more by having that structure of having a place to go. That is great too!

But those who prefer to have the liberty of location know that web design or development are options that can provide you with that lifestyle.

A bit off-topic, but on-topic, there is an article about my home office setup. If you want ideas for your own office space, you might want to check that out.

4) You feel empowered

Programming, in general, is satisfying. Even when you are struggling the most, the amount of excitement when a set of instructions runs as needed is incomparable.

But you can feel empowered with programming the web specifically. Not only do you use the web as a resource for information or to connect with people, but also it becomes a tool for simplifying your job or daily life.

Furthermore, some say that blockchain has enabled a new level of empowerment, the financial one. Why? Because now with blockchain, you can own new kinds of assets that are gaining outstanding value: cryptocurrencies and NFT’s (non-fungible tokens). You can read more about these topics in Incorporating Digital Assets into Your Finances.

5) You are helping with the advancement of society… if you consider society

For me, the reason why humans have developed technology is to help us evolve as a species.

We can solve many of the big problems humans have with a combination of technology and good governance. Technology would assist the means to produce on a big scale, while good governance would implement and maintain technology so that the problem does not arise again.

If the technology that helps us solve our problems is excellently developed, and its primary driving purpose is not for profit, the new problems that will arise will not be from necessities.
Imagine a society where humans stop having unnatural needs because they commit to improving. So each country, joint government with the private sector, decided to plan and provide without prioritizing their egos, creating balance.

We could become a different society. My hope, a species more emotionally and spiritually elevated. Well, our focus would not be on survival instincts. It would be on our most unknown muscle, our brain.
I know, I know, I kind of went on a tangent over there, huh? But if you kept reading up here, you also stirred off with me, so thanks for joining me 😊.

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