You’ve worked your way up to junior level management as a front-end developer, but your drive won’t let you stop there. That’s great! However, earning the title of senior level management in such a competitive industry is hard work.
Learn What Makes For Good Design
If you view design as your designer’s job, you’re likely not going to advance any further n your career. The best front end developers not only appreciate good design but also, know what does and what does not make for good design. These developers can identify design flaws and make suggestions for better design with which the designer actually agrees. If you can act as a second pair of eyes to any quality designer, you’ll become an invaluable asset to any company or client.
You can never know enough in any industry, but in the web development industry, in which best practices are constantly changing, this is especially true. Don’t stop trying to further your education, even if you think you know it all. One great resource is Hired’s curated career coaching content just for Front End Developers -; to guide you on your path from junior level to senior management level. The more you know the more valuable you’ll become.
Anticipate Problems…And Fix Them
Just because a client doesn’t understand code or development doesn’t mean that he or she won’t notice an error. Errors always have a way of creeping up on a website, and usually, they’re discovered by a user. If you make it a habit of hiding errors that affect the user experience, junior management may be the last stop for you on the career train. However, if you make it a habit of anticipating problems, identifying them, and fixing them before you hit publish, clients and employers alike will come to trust you and rely on you to do what many developers simply don’t.
Learn To Blame Yourself
Employers nor clients like paid workers who don’t take responsibility for their actions or failures. Make it a motto to always blame yourself, even if you aren’t actually in the wrong. If a design fails, learn from your mistake and do better the next time. If the design fails because of the client’s or team member’s fault, take it as a sign that you should be more vigilant next time as to how you can prevent such a failure from occurring in the future. If you take ownership of every shortcoming as well as success, people will enjoy working with you over others who hold a “can do no wrong” attitude.
A career as a front-end developer has no ceiling -; for the people with the right attitude. If you want to advance to senior management, learn what makes for good design, keep learning, always be looking for problems, and learn to take ownership of all mistakes and successes.