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5 Traps To Avoid in Web Design School

2 APR 2012
Career Path : Computers and Technology

Confession: there is no secret to success in web design school. But there are some common sense strategies that you can adopt to make the most out of your time in your web design program. Here are five traps to avoid.

1. Neglecting your own website

Start working on your own website the very first day that you begin web design school. This is a chance for you to:

  • practice lessons learned in your web design program
  • showcase your skills to prospective clients and employers
  • further develop your own personal style
  • increase your chances of finding work faster directly out of web design school

2. Overthinking your own website

Sometimes, students in web design school have very high expectations of themselves, expectations that must sometimes be curtailed in the real world.

If you are like the average student in a web design program, you are a perfectionist about your work. You have a grand vision for every project, but especially for your baby, your website.

But watch out. There is a danger here. It is better to publish an imperfect but usable website while still in your web design program, then it is to wait until you’ve finally mastered all the skills that you feel you need to best show off your work.

Web design school students can have a website that remains “under construction” for the entirety of their diploma program. Don’t let that happen to you! Set yourself realistic goals and deadlines, and stick to them – just as you do for your assignments in your web design program.

3. Talking more than listening

Sometimes students in web design school are in a hurry to display their own genius. Instead of approaching the assignments in your web design program solely from the perspective of your skills, your ideas, try always to pay special attention to the project description: What does your teacher (AKA, client) want? How can you best help them to meet their needs?

4. Neglecting the art of communication

You may be required to complete an internship as part of web design school. On the job, resist the urge to educate your co-workers on all that you’ve learned in your web design program. Instead, use the time to see what it is that you can learn from others.

5. Forgetting to nurture professional relationships

Be sure to forge connections with your fellow students in your web design program. Treat your teachers with respect and consideration. (They may be more likely to give you a letter of recommendation when you finally do graduate from web design school.)

Overall, relax. With a little care, you will be able to avoid these traps that sometimes trip up students in web design school.