25 High-Quality T-Shirt PSD Mockup Templates for Photoshop

Is there anything more iconic than a T-shirt? Worn by anyone from James Dean posing as a rebel and a heartbreaker, to streetwear fashion influencers like Olivia Palermo, T-shirts are one of the most impactful pieces of clothing today. So the next time you’re preparing a design for a clothing line, apparel, merchandising, branding, or…

8 Caffeine-Powered CSS and JavaScript Snippets

Sure, the thought of web developers downing caffeinated beverages by the gallon is a stereotype. But if you browse social media enough, it sure does seem like many of us partake in the ritual. You also see various homages to that liquid lightning on CodePen. Through clever use of the latest web technologies, developers have…

8 Design Secrets of B2B Vs B2C Websites

Web design clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds. One day, you’ll be designing a portfolio website for a voiceover artist, the next you’ll be creating a comprehensive ecommerce site for a leading retailer. In an ideal world, you’ll get to a point where you eventually specialize in a niche. However, you’ll need to master both avenues first.
The more time you spend in this industry, the more you’ll learn that every client comes with their own unique requirements and challenges to consider.

Monthly Getting Started / Web Dev Career Thread

IMO I’d hunt around a bit, if you haven’t already. It’s important to know your worth and get a job that has commensurate pay, benefits, and opportunities for growth. For context, I got a similar job in MD for closer to $100K/year with a BS, 1 year formal experience, a few years interning and some recommendations. I didn’t shop around, and regret it, as I think I might have done better. Use Google. From this site, it looks like entry level may be closer to $60K. And $50K doesn’t sound like a great salary for me for a job requiring a clearance. I got a similar starting salary in PA without needing a clearance. The clearance can take 6-12 months to come through. At that point, you have great job security, but usually very slow raises. Everyone I’ve talked to says the best way to get raises is to switch jobs (or leave and come back, potentially negotiating harder). In MD, with its emphasis on government-related work, degrees & experience carry a lot of weight, so getting another degree may give you some salary bump. Still, I expect you’ll want to leave and come back, which kind of sucks if you’ve already invested about a year into getting a clearance.
One of the lessons I’ve learned is that the industry isn’t ideal. Businesses that don’t specialize in web development seem to expect applicants to do a bit of everything, since they don’t appreciate the nuances of web development. They may be very concerned about the look & feel and uptime, but almost apathetic about the behind-the-scenes code quality. At your point in your career, I think it’s crucial you grow and develop your skills. This field is always changing, and the ability to keep current and motivated is a crucial yet under-rated skill. (And you want to build a good reputation for yourself with your initial job(s), too!) It sounds like you’d have a lot of technical autonomy at this company. That can be a double-edged sword, giving you opportunity to learn on your own so long as you can motivate and push yourself, but may not expose you to other people who might challenge and teach you. It may also put you in a position where you have a lot of responsibility but not many resources to help you. Interviews are a way you could learn more about the situation. I’ve also seen that government work is fairly budget-constrained and results-oriented, meaning they won’t always care about using modern technologies; just whatever can get the job done fastest/cheapest and is least likely to break.
Another thing to consider: government jobs sometimes come with restrictions on what you can do in your free time. It can be harder to contribute to open-source code or public development communities. And that can really hurt your career in the long run. So it’s worth making sure that’s not the case before you accept a job, and potentially reviewing and/or negotiating your contract.