Post # 1
So my husband is thinking about going back to school to get his an associate’s degree in web design. He currently has a Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration. He graduated from an art school in PA about 5 years ago. He’s an great artist but he didn’t put 100% effort when he went to art school. (haha, I know, who did?) Also, he hasn’t really kept up with his art. He draws here and there. We all believe that if he had tried harder while in school, he might have a career in art right now.
Anyway, that didn’t happen. He’s currently not happy with his job in an unrelated field and is thinking about going back to school.
His advisor at this art school that he is considering going to says that there is a high demand for web designers. Is that true?
Anyone a web designer? What type of schooling did you go to? Was it an art school or was it just a university? Any advice for my husband?
This associate’s degree is a one year program. This school helps him find a internship and helps him with job placement.
I’m fully supportive in whatever he wants to do but we both want to make sure this school isn’t saying all this stuff just to get him to go back to school and get our money. Although, they were really impressed with his art portfolio.
Post # 4
While my job title isn’t as a web designer, it’s part of my ‘job description’, plus I’m in that line of work (IT Director/Systems Administrator)
I went to school for a BS in Information Technology, which gave you the ability to concentrate in a section of your choice, but really it doesn’t matter. I went to a university, and debated getting my masters and then realized how pointless a masters is in IT, and I’d be better off getting certifications.
While IT based jobs are in higher demand, the issue really is where are you and the job market there, plus experience. The biggest issue I’ve noticed is people with more experience being out of work, and willing to work for less, so that recent graduate isn’t getting the chance. I’ve had this problem personally..
Sure – he can go back to school for web design, but it will depend on his dedication and expedrience. Personally, I’d work on putting a few websites together to show off potentional employers. Now, if he knows nothing about actual coding for the website, then he may want to consider going back for that. While I learned in basic HTML originally, I ventured my knowledge on my own, to give me a better show. My new job requires me to use ASP and VB, which I hate, but I am capable of doing. My volunteer work is PHP based, which I prefer.
What about going back for IT, focusing on web development. Maybe that would be a good field to work on.