Is a College Degree in the Web Industry a Thing of the Past?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Articles, Business, Mobile | No Comments

These days the web industry is in a state of constant change. The moment you think you know all there is to know about it, something new arises to set your mind spinning. That means in order to exist in this realm, and make a decent living working in the web industry, you must stay informed. It takes some serious dedication.

What does this mean for future designers and coders? It’s hard to imagine today’s youth getting a good education in the web industry in a college atmosphere. It’s easy to imagine that by the end of a four year college education majoring in any number of disciplines in the web arena, that a student could very well graduate and already have fallen behind. One might have a sturdy foundation in the discipline, with a lot to catch up on.

With the uncertain state of our country’s economy, and the rise in web technology, the way we perceive education seems to be changing. Any person that learns well independently could just as easily gain an education in the web industry from the increasing amount of classes available on the web. More and more we’re finding that places like skillshare, treehouse, codeacademy and lynda provide a well rounded education in web design, development and much more. One could easily spend $1000 in the course of a year taking online classes and be left with a decent start in the web industry.

In fact, we have specifically used skillshare and treehouse simply to stay in touch with the latest trends in technology, and expand on what we have to offer our clients. Time and money weigh in strongly as concerns for us when considering further education, and classes offered on the web by successful peers are not only convenient, but affordable. Often, the learning is accomplished at your own pace, with an interactive approach. How can you go wrong?

One of the ways we wish to share our knowledge of design is through writing a simple step by step guide on how to design your own mobile app. While that is in the beginning stages, at some point in the future we’d like to take it to the next step and provide an online class that supports and elaborates on our guide. We imagine that by sharing our knowledge, we might be building a better future for lots of folks by providing a chance to turn an idea into reality.

We’d highly recommend that anyone interested in breaking into the web industry, or keeping up with most recent developments try an online class from one of the many programs we listed. It’s affordable and easy to fit into a busy schedule, and it might even be a better alternative to a college degree these days. If you’re interested in receiving updates on our upcoming E-Book guide to designing your own app, sign up here. And as always, feel free to contact us for more information on any of the online classes we’ve taken, or questions about our E-Book on designing your own app.