I was taught to edit photos in Photoshop (although I suck at it). I was taught to write HTML4.01 and XHTML code. I was taught to write CSS code, but just a bare minimum and most of the time using inline styles or embedded stylesheets as opposed to external style sheets. I was not taught CSS3. I was taught to use tables to layout pages instead of div layers. In short, I wasn’t taught what is necessary to be a web designer in 2013 – I was taught what was necessary to be a web designer three to five years ago. Heck, some of my textbooks were from 2007, 2008, and 2009.
So now I get the fun prospect of going through and attempting to teach myself the skills I need to be competitive in the field I just spent almost $30,000 to get a degree in. Go figure.
The skills I need to learn are:
Those are just the beginning of the skills I’m needing to learn. Apparently I’m needing to learn to use Joomla, although I’ve been told by many people that Joomla is highly insecure and should not be used, but that is entirely beside the point.
Well, we shall see what comes of this. At least w3schools has tutorials for most of this, and a quick search on Bing or Google will provide me with more tutorials than I can shake a stick at. So off I go to start teaching myself the skills I really need to satisfy web design clients. Perhaps I shouldn’t have wasted that $30,000.