There are thousands of web development online courses, bootcamps, and career programs available nowadays. So, how to choose a course that will develop the right skill set for you.

In this article, I will explain in detail how to choose a web development online course and what makes a course worth taking to help you get a developer job either as an intern, full-time or as a freelancer.

Table of Content:

  1. What Make a Web Development Online Course Worth Taking?
  2. What Web Development Skills Do you Need to Work for Top Companies
  3. Different Types of Web Developers (FrontEnd, BackEnd, Full Stack)
  4. So, where to start and what course to choose to guarantee a good job
  5. Conclusion

1. What Makes a Web Development Online Course worth taking?

We can say that a good course is the one that will give you value and teaches you the skills you need for you to be able to pursue your dream career.

Sounds easy… but the reality is that most of the web development courses will not fulfill these parameters and after completing the course you feel that you haven’t learned real skills and the value you need to take you where you want to go.

This is what happens to 80% or 90% of all online students that made a bad choice and took the wrong course to achieve their objectives.

This is even more clear in the tech world, where top skills are always in demand from tech companies and only top-skilled people will get hired or will be able to get an internship in big companies like Google or Facebook.

One of the biggest misleading ideas on the “Online Course” tech community is that you will be able to get a job at Google or Facebook after completing a course in sites like Udemy, Skillshare, Udacity, Coursera, and others...

Well, sorry to tell you but most of those students, probably 98%, will not get a job anywhere near those top companies.

2. What Web Development Skills Do You Need to Work for Top Companies (Google, Facebook or Amazon)

Most of the top tech companies will only hire Ph.D. students from Universities where they have a strong relation and partnership, mainly through special programs from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and popular universities. But sadly, these courses will burn your pockets deeply as they are super-costly.

They usually send recruiters to hire only top students from computer science classes and they will either offer them an internship or in case the student is a really good programmer, a full-time contract right there on the spot.

The following video from Hafu Go, is a great resource for you to have an idea on how to get an internship (job position during the limited time for young students) at a top tech company…

So in the video, above they are obviously talking about how mainly US students are able to get internships at top tech companies.

According to Google’s internship application, one of the minimum requirements is “Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or related technical field.”

I guess there is technically no age limit, but you just have to be pursuing a college degree.

You can also try to get hired for a full-time job position, but it will be even harder to get an interview unless you are really, really good. You can apply for a job interview through their site or through networking.

These types of senior jobs would require several years of programming experience, a big portfolio, and a lot of knowledge.

The process alone consists of a variety of several interviews and code challenges that can take place for several days or even months.

Young students in the US can get hired or get an internship for top tech companies all the time. Now, this doesn’t mean that other foreign students or programmers outside the US will not have a chance to work for these companies.

Actually, a lot of these workers come from outside the US. Below you can see how US tech companies rely on foreign talent as well…

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So, if you are thinking of working only for top companies like Google or Facebook, you’ll need to make sure you know your stuff and take only the best job hire driven courses out there that can really teach you real value and help you get top skills as well as guidance through the shortest path to get a real chance for a job interview and your dream job.

In case you are not a graduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, it will be almost impossible to get hired by these top tech companies as a programmer or developer.

But don’t worry, because working for top companies is not the only path you can take in order to make big bucks as a developer, far from it.

One of the most profitable jobs as a web developer is to work as a freelancer or remotely, through part-time contracts or through project objectives.

And for people who like to work from home and are older than 30 or 40, this is a great career path which is in huge demand these days.

Check our full article on Why Choose a Web Developer Career in 2022

3. Different Types of Career Courses: Front-End vs Back-End vs Full Stack (FrontEnd + BackEnd)

The front-end developer (career) takes care of the front-end of a website which is the part that users interact with.

Everything that you see when you’re navigating around the Internet, from fonts and colors to dropdown menus and sliders, is a combo of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript being controlled by your computer’s browser.

So what makes the front end of a website possible? Where is all that data stored? This is where the back end comes in. The back end of a website consists of a server, an application, and a database.

A back-end developer (career) builds and maintains the technology that powers those components which, together, enable the user-facing side of the website to even exist in the first place.

In order to make the server, application, and database communicate with each other, back-end developers use server-side languages like PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, and .Net to build an application, and tools like MySQL, Oracle, and SQL Server to find, save, or change data and serve it back to the user in front-end code.

And finally, the Full-Stack Developer, which is basically the conjunction of both Front-End Development + Back-End Development. So, in order to be a Full-Stack Developer, you need A LOT of experience and knowledge in both worlds.

We’ve just launched the new Complete Career Paths, the “Front-End Web Developer Career Program” and the “Back-End Web Developer Career Program” as well. Both programs will be available at OnClick Academy.

Start now your Web Developer career for FREE with our OnClick PRO Lifetime Free Plan.

4. So, where to start and what course to choose to guarantee a good job

This will depend on how much do you want to invest and spend. But the higher the price does not mean that it is the best course or Bootcamp.

Currently, there are highly paid bootcamps ($5000) that will give you good web development training content but lacks job search guidance and career support after you complete the program since they will basically turn off the contact with you immediately after completion and when full payment is done.

You also have sites like Udemy where the price for a course is really low ($10) but lacks good real support from the instructor since there are so many students involved.

It’s basically impossible to have a good support experience when you have 500.000 students (ex: The Web Developer Bootcamp) in a single online course asking for help and questions.

The best course or program would be the one that provides you the best one on one support, doesn’t have many students, has a great community, and provides complete valuable content, and all for a reasonable price.

It’s simple as that.

Through the past few years, I and my team tried to find what was missing on these web development online courses and programs all over the internet and we’ve heard too many of those promised fake dreams to students, a job guarantee in top companies after completion and immediate guru skills that would magically appear in student’s hands after the course is finished.

We want to make sure our students know the real deal and don’t follow these fake promises.

We want to give the student a real description of how things really work inside the web development job market, how you can REALLY be hired by a top tech company, and what are the real alternatives if you are not hired by any company, what can you do to make money and make a living with a professional career with the skills you’ve learned.

That’s what really matters for us and we want to provide it to our students.

5. Conclusion

So, to summarize, there are a lot of valid options nowadays but I would suggest taking 2 or even 3 different courses and choosing the one you feel is best for you and your personal taste.

Start now your Web Developer career for FREE with our OnClick PRO Lifetime Free Plan.

Victor Bastos

Web Developer, Author, and creator of OnClick Academy.


CHRIS FOX · May 12, 2020 at 6:49 pm

Fantastic and realistic advice

    Victor Bastos · May 12, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    thank you chris!

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