Group session July 1st

Introduction

Some thing to talk over.

What are some ways your career path could go? What types of jobs do you want – in what order? Where do you need to work first?

Career Roadmaps for Different Roles in Tech

Front-End Developer Path

Traditional Corporate Path

  • Years 1-2: Junior Front-End Developer
    • Work at a mid-sized company to gain hands-on experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and frameworks like Vue or React.
  • Years 3-5: Front-End Developer
    • Move to a larger company or advance within the current company.
    • Work on more complex projects, including performance optimization and accessibility.
  • Years 6-10: Senior Front-End Developer
    • Lead front-end projects and mentor junior developers.
    • Specialize in a specific area (e.g., front-end architecture, state management).
  • Years 11+: Front-End Engineering Manager
    • Oversee a team of front-end developers.
    • Influence the front-end strategy and technology stack of the company.

Agency Experience

  • Years 1-2: Junior Front-End Developer at Agency
    • Work at a design/development agency to get exposure to diverse projects and clients.
  • Years 3-4: Mid-level Front-End Developer at Agency
    • Take on larger projects and start leading development for client websites/apps.
  • Years 5-6: Senior Front-End Developer at Agency
    • Lead major projects, mentor junior developers, and contribute to the agency’s tech strategy.
  • Years 7+: Transition to Freelance or Start Own Agency
    • Use experience and network to start freelancing or own an agency.

Back-End Developer Path

Traditional Corporate Path

  • Years 1-2: Junior Back-End Developer
    • Work at a mid-sized company to gain hands-on experience with server-side technologies (e.g., Node.js, PHP, Python).
  • Years 3-5: Back-End Developer
    • Move to a larger company or advance within the current company.
    • Focus on building scalable and secure back-end systems.
  • Years 6-10: Senior Back-End Developer
    • Lead back-end projects and mentor junior developers.
    • Specialize in areas like database design, API development, or cloud infrastructure.
  • Years 11+: Back-End Engineering Manager
    • Oversee a team of back-end developers.
    • Influence the back-end strategy and architecture of the company.

Agency Experience

  • Years 1-2: Junior Back-End Developer at Agency
    • Work at a development agency to get exposure to diverse projects and technologies.
  • Years 3-4: Mid-level Back-End Developer at Agency
    • Take on larger projects and lead back-end development for client applications.
  • Years 5-6: Senior Back-End Developer at Agency
    • Lead major projects, mentor junior developers, and contribute to the agency’s tech strategy.
  • Years 7+: Transition to Freelance or Start Own Agency
    • Use experience and network to start freelancing or own an agency.

UI Designer Path

Traditional Corporate Path

  • Years 1-2: Junior UI Designer
    • Work at a mid-sized company to gain hands-on experience with design tools (e.g., Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD).
  • Years 3-5: UI Designer
    • Move to a larger company or advance within the current company.
    • Focus on designing user interfaces for web and mobile applications.
  • Years 6-10: Senior UI Designer
    • Lead UI design projects and mentor junior designers.
    • Specialize in areas like design systems, interaction design, or visual design.
  • Years 11+: UI Design Manager/Director
    • Oversee a team of UI designers.
    • Influence the UI design strategy and direction of the company.

Agency Experience

  • Years 1-2: Junior UI Designer at Agency
    • Work at a design agency to get exposure to diverse projects and clients.
  • Years 3-4: Mid-level UI Designer at Agency
    • Take on larger projects and start leading design for client websites/apps.
  • Years 5-6: Senior UI Designer at Agency
    • Lead major projects, mentor junior designers, and contribute to the agency’s design strategy.
  • Years 7+: Transition to Freelance or Start Own Agency
    • Use experience and network to start freelancing or own an agency.

UX Designer Path

Traditional Corporate Path

  • Years 1-2: Junior UX Designer
    • Work at a mid-sized company to gain hands-on experience with user research, wireframing, and prototyping.
  • Years 3-5: UX Designer
    • Move to a larger company or advance within the current company.
    • Focus on conducting user research and designing user-centered experiences.
  • Years 6-10: Senior UX Designer
    • Lead UX projects and mentor junior designers.
    • Specialize in areas like UX research, information architecture, or interaction design.
  • Years 11+: UX Manager/Director
    • Oversee a team of UX designers.
    • Influence the UX strategy and direction of the company.

Agency Experience

  • Years 1-2: Junior UX Designer at Agency
    • Work at a design agency to get exposure to diverse projects and clients.
  • Years 3-4: Mid-level UX Designer at Agency
    • Take on larger projects and start leading UX research and design for client websites/apps.
  • Years 5-6: Senior UX Designer at Agency
    • Lead major projects, mentor junior designers, and contribute to the agency’s UX strategy.
  • < strong>Years 7+: Transition to Freelance or Start Own Agency
    • Use experience and network to start freelancing or own an agency.

Product Designer (Unicorn) Path

Traditional Corporate Path

  • Years 1-2: Front-End Developer
    • Focus: Gain hands-on experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and frameworks like Vue or React.
    • Key Skills: Develop strong front-end development skills and understanding of web technologies.
    • Projects: Work on implementing designs and collaborating with UI/UX designers.
  • Years 3-5: Front-End Developer with UI Responsibilities
    • Focus: Begin to incorporate UI design responsibilities alongside front-end development.
    • Key Skills: Learn design tools (e.g., Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD), start contributing to visual design.
    • Projects: Work on designing and implementing user interfaces, collaborating closely with UX designers.
  • Years 6-8: Front-End Developer with UI/UX Responsibilities
    • Focus: Integrate UX design practices into your workflow, conducting user research and usability testing.
    • Key Skills: Develop skills in user research, wireframing, prototyping, and usability testing.
    • Projects: Lead projects that require both front-end development and UI/UX design, ensuring a cohesive user experience.
  • Years 9-12: Product Designer
    • Focus: Take full ownership of the product design process, from initial user research to final implementation.
    • Key Skills: Master the entire design and development lifecycle, bridging the gap between design and code.
    • Projects: Lead major product initiatives, mentor junior team members, and collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • Years 13+: Senior Product Designer/Design Manager
    • Focus: Oversee the design strategy and direction for products, manage a team of designers and developers.
    • Key Skills: Leadership, strategic thinking, advanced design and development skills.
    • Projects: Guide the product vision, influence company-wide design standards, and ensure product quality and consistency.

Agency Experience

  • Years 1-2: Front-End Developer at Agency
    • Focus: Gain exposure to diverse projects and clients, build foundational development skills.
    • Key Skills: Strong front-end development, client communication, and teamwork.
    • Projects: Work on implementing designs for various clients, gaining a broad understanding of different industries.
  • Years 3-4: Front-End Developer with UI Responsibilities at Agency
    • Focus: Start contributing to UI design while continuing front-end development work.
    • Key Skills: Visual design, prototyping, and responsive design.
    • Projects: Lead UI design for client projects, collaborate with UX designers and other developers.
  • Years 5-6: Front-End Developer with UI/UX Responsibilities at Agency
    • Focus: Integrate UX practices into your role, conducting user research and usability testing.
    • Key Skills: User research, wireframing, interaction design.
    • Projects: Manage projects that require a blend of development and design, deliver comprehensive user experiences.
  • Years 7+: Product Designer/Freelance/Start Own Agency
    • Focus: Use experience and network to start freelancing or own an agency.
    • Key Skills: Full-stack design and development, business acumen, client management.
    • Projects: Lead major projects, build a portfolio of high-profile clients, and potentially start your own agency.

Startup Experience

  • Years 1-2: Front-End Developer at Startup
    • Focus: Gain experience in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
    • Key Skills: Agile development, rapid prototyping, cross-functional teamwork.
    • Projects: Implement designs, work closely with product and design teams to iterate quickly.
  • Years 3-4: Front-End Developer with UI Responsibilities at Startup
    • Focus: Start taking on UI design responsibilities alongside development tasks.
    • Key Skills: Visual design, user interface design, design systems.
    • Projects: Design and develop user interfaces, collaborate with UX researchers and product managers.
  • Years 5-6: Front-End Developer with UI/UX Responsibilities at Startup
    • Focus: Fully integrate UX practices, leading user research and usability testing efforts.
    • Key Skills: UX research, usability testing, information architecture.
    • Projects: Own the end-to-end design process, ensure a cohesive and user-friendly product.
  • Years 7+: Product Designer/Startup Founder
    • Focus: Lead product design efforts or start your own product-focused startup.
    • Key Skills: Product strategy, design leadership, entrepreneurial skills.
    • Projects: Guide product vision, manage design and development teams, potentially launch your own products.
Group session July 1st