In the modern-day world of internet and self-taught professionals, it is possible to become a web design professional with little to no formal college education. However, there are more benefits to completing a web design program and earning a degree from an accredited web design school than many students realize.
“Employability” is a term that refers to a person’s likelihood to land a specific job based on their experience and skills when compared to a hiring company’s needs for an open position. Web design schools provide a distinct element to a web designer’s portfolio and resume’ that they would not have without formal education in the profession.
Perhaps the simplest way in which web design schools impact employability is owed to the current economic state. Hiring companies are looking for the best qualified candidate at the lowest possible price. Because there are fewer jobs, there is much more competition for the high paying jobs for which web designers are fortunate enough to qualify.
While web design is one of the loosest job markets in the United States right now, a quality education and a degree in web design can make the difference between landing a low paying job and a high paying job. (It takes decades of experience to compete with someone in the job market who has a master’s degree.)
Experience really isn’t everything. Some hiring companies look for experienced designers because they feel that the more web sites a person has built, the more likely the person will do a good job. This isn’t necessarily the case at companies that hire top-dollar web designers. Since they are paying such a high-cost, they expect a balance of experience and education. Without web design school, many web designers miss the boat on high paying jobs.
Web design schools also teach their students how to stay on the cutting-edge of technology and pay attention to the latest trends in design. While web designers with decades of experience are very-much worth the money they are paid, many companies that are looking for a fresh look with which to greet their online audience are balancing their risks and investments. That means they are more likely to choose a young designer fresh out of school with a new lease on the business than an older, more experienced designer who might be set in their ways of designing and more difficult to work with.
Finally, web design schools teach skills. Now, experienced designers with no degree are certainly skilled at their trade, but they may not be skilled in the newest technologies, codes, and scripting languages. Web design school graduates, especially those who graduated in recent years and are still establishing themselves, may seem more likely to be on top of the most recent up-and-coming applications, tools, and technologies.