A notion for a new version of the World Wide Web called Web3 (also known as Web 3.0) integrates ideas including decentralization, blockchain technology, and token-based economy. Web development is becoming even more decentralized with Web3.It just makes sense that Web3 developers are essential, highly sought-after, and are paid well across the board by hiring managers globally.
Web developers are among the most sought-after tech specialists, according to a 2023 article from brainstation.io, especially given the growing need for businesses to boost their mobile products.
Web developers have the flexibility to work from anywhere, and the roles typically allow for a healthy work-life balance. The discipline of web development requires constant learning, problem-solving, and critical thinking, therefore becoming a web developer is not without its difficulties. Depending on whether you want the independence that comes with being a freelancer or the security of a salaried position, a Web Developer’s career path often takes one of two different paths.
I asked Marvin Pacis, a self-taught IT enthusiast who later became an international-level software developer and a mentor for GoIT, if web development is a promising career path.
“The demand for software engineers and web developers is currently very high due to the continuous growth of the technology sector and the increasing need for digital solutions in various industries. Companies are actively seeking skilled professionals to build and maintain online platforms, applications, and digital services,” Pacis answered.
He further explained to me that the demand in the IT industry is undoubtedly creating more enthusiasm in the field of technology, as jobseekers recognize the vast opportunities for growth, innovation, and rewarding careers. “While the digital transformation has influenced the trend, the sustained demand and continuous advancements in technology make it a long-term and promising career path for both jobseekers and employers,” he added.
Pacis works as a freelance software developer for EssayShark and UpWork, where he produces dynamic and interactive web apps for businesses all around the world. He also mentors prospective IT professionals in the Philippines for GoIT, Europe’s largest EdTech company that offers online IT courses for people interested in a career in the IT industry. As a GoIT mentor, he gives students real-time advice based on his experience as a software developer.
Freelancing has a lot of other advantages as well. Freelance web developers are in charge of making their own schedules and can choose the jobs that really excite them. Building solid customer relationships that could eventually lead to a full-time job is critical for independent web developers because they effectively manage their own business. In addition, a freelancer could theoretically earn more money by moving up to a higher pay grade.
”I decided to become a freelance developer because it offers me the flexibility to work on diverse projects, set my own schedule, and have the autonomy to choose the type of work I’m passionate about while continuously expanding my skills and knowledge. I am a self-taught developer who acquired the technical skills necessary for front-end and back-end development through a combination of online tutorials, coding bootcamps, and personal projects. Continuous learning and hands-on practice played a significant role in honing my abilities and staying up-to-date with the latest technologies in the web development field,” Pacis shared.
So, what prompted you to become a mentor for aspiring IT workers in the Philippines?
“I decided to become a mentor for future IT professionals in the Philippines because I am passionate about giving back to the community and helping aspiring developers achieve their goals. Sharing my knowledge and experiences can empower them to succeed in the tech industry and contribute to the country’s growing tech ecosystem. I am primarily focused on teaching Filipino students, as they make up the majority of our students, while around one percent are foreign students,” replied Pacis.
How do you describe yourself as a mentor?
GoIT is an international tech education company for beginners, the market leader in this segment in CEE. Currently, the organization counts approx. 400 employees, operating in countries such as Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico, Colombia and the USA and plans to expand globally.
In its eight years of activity, GoIT courses have been completed by approx. 15,000 graduates, 99% of whom are people looking for a career change and starting from scratch in IT. GoIT offers a unique business model: free 7 days coding challenges to introduce people to the world of IT and the company’s courses and mentoring throughout the collaboration.
Pacis encourages Filipino students who are interested in web development to pursue a career in IT. The demand for software engineers and web developers is currently very strong due to the ongoing growth of the technology sector and the increasing need for digital solutions in numerous industries. Companies are actively hiring competent professionals to design and operate online platforms, applications, and digital services.
“In the global stage, the Philippines has made significant strides in terms of technological advancements and producing new software engineers and developers. The country’s tech industry is growing rapidly and gaining recognition for its talent pool and contributions to the IT field.”