How to become an app developer: Jack's story
I wanted to make video games but it turned out I was a terrible artist, so I wanted to find another way for me to be involved in making games.
In my job
I took ICT GCSE which was a lot of spreadsheets! I also studied English, Maths, Science, History, Business, Graphics and German.
I realised I wanted to get into programming. I did a lot of Graphic Design and that now really helps with the app development part of my job. I pull in skills that aren’t necessarily programmer skills. I graduated with a triple distinction in Interactive Media which was surprising to me. I think I became better at education because I was more interested in the subject.
I did a BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Computer Game Design and Programming. As the years went on I became really interested in making mobile games. I was covering it on my course and then using them in my spare time.
What to expect if you want to be a web developer
- Salary: Variable ranging from £20,000 to £50,000
- Working hours: On average 37 - 40 hours per week
- Entry requirements: Usually a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree in computing or a related subject (Computer Science or IT)
This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)