What does “ambition” mean to you? Do you consider yourself to be an ambitious person? Some people are naturally more ambitious than others are. I’m not saying whether or not that’s a good thing; I’m just stating a fact. Some will accept a job at the age of 20 and will stay at that job until they retire around age 65, doing the same work day in and day out, receiving minimal pay increases over the years. Others will accept a job at 20, and then pursue the next step, then the next step, then the next step, hoping to one day find themselves as leaders in the corporate environment.

This post is for those of you who are climbers—those who won’t be satisfied with web design forever. While I’m not really the climbing type, I have to admit I’ve thought about it over the years. Here are some potential future scenarios for those of who are itching to grow:

Baby Steps

Web design is different from web development, as you know, but web designers can benefit themselves by becoming well-versed in both parts of the field. This requires someone who can use both sides of his or her brain. Web design is art. Web development is science. If you think you are a good balance of right-brained and left-brained, web development might be a natural next step for you. Having both skills will make you more versatile in the workplace, and it will open up more opportunities for the freelancers out there.

A Recreational Jog

Since you’re already in the IT field, a natural progression for you may include moving toward another IT career. One option you may work toward is software/app development. If you find that you have an aptitude for the structure (coding) behind websites (such as html and css), consider branching out to other programming languages—ones that can be used to build apps on different platforms, or ones that can be used to build larger software. Again, this will greatly increase your hireability while also increasing your paycheck.

A Giant Leap

What I’m going to talk about here is a hot topic across the world right now: cyber security. If you want to make yourself marketable in this growing field, it will be a long trek, but the potential rewards are great. With big businesses using technology to process and store sensitive data, there is a growing need for people who can keep that data secure. And the need isn’t being met adequately! Recently, MSNBC has reported that there will be 1.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by the year 2020. Yes, learning everything that you would need to know would be a great undertaking. That is why this section is called “A Giant Leap.” However, it is worth considering if you believe yourself to be a very ambitious person. The world needs you!

I hope that this post has been informative and not overly simplistic. Naturally, there are plenty of other options for you within the computer science field, whether or not you are the type of person who wants to career climb. Personally, as I’ve said, I’m happiest as a freelance web designer. My job allows me to be creative, and I get to choose my clients and set my own hours. It wasn’t an easy career to establish myself in independently, and I’m not looking to give it up. I have my share of on-the-job trials and challenges, but this career is home for me, and I plan to stick with it for as long as I can.

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