I Just Graduated…

And I already feel like I’m not qualified to actually get a job in my field of study. Seriously, looking at the freelance jobs that people are offering for web design – they all require PHP code knowledge, AJAX, jQuery, etc. We didn’t learn that. We learned JavaScript (which I’m not good with to be perfectly honest), we learned HTML and XHTML, but not HTML5. We never touched on PHP code, AJAX, jQuery, Flash, etc.

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:

  • PHP
  • ASP
  • jQuery
  • AJAX
  • Flash
  • CSS3
  • HTML5

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.


  1. I know exactly how you feel. Felt the same dang way when I graduated. In my case there had also just been a freeze on government jobs thrown on top of the beginning of the recession. Add that to everyone wanting you to have experience in a field you just barely got a degree in and it was pretty depressing. Hang in there though, you’ll find a job that you can enjoy soon enough!

  2. The funny thing is, after I got the degree in Web Design, I don’t want to do it anymore. I seriously stare at my computer screen and think “I don’t want to mess with this.” But, I think a lot of that comes from the skills people are asking for not being taught.

    Not much you can do when your Web Design instructors actually act like they have no clue what you are talking about when you mention HTML5. LOL