I’m recently working as a career adviser at Frog, which is a study abroad agency specialized in Web/IT industry for Japanese web designers and developers based in Vancouver, Canada. Then I often asked “What kind of skills do I need to work there?” or “How many years of work experience do I need?”. Therefore, I researched over 300 job postings on several job boards. I hope this article will help you!
I researched those online job boards below, targeting English speaking countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Data consisted of 151 job postings. I was targeting mainly the following job title.
- Web designer
- Front-end designer
- UI designer
- Interface designer
Years of Work Experience
81% of companies required some work experience of the same field. Requirement of work experience over 1 year (28%) and over 2 years (20%) together made up almost 50% of all work experience requirement. Among the companies that do not focus on work experience years, 63% of companies required completion of university or college in related area. Some companies need your great portfolio more than your past experience.
Companies which required bachelor degree in related area accounted for 45%. 55% of companies didn’t matter the educational background, accounted for more than half. There is a curious fact; among companies that required bachelor degree, 76% of them were companies from the US. I assume that there are too many web designers in the US, a web-developed country, so they filtered positive candidates by their educational background. If it’s true, other countries will follow their way to choose the right person in the future.
Other requirement included Sass/LESS, mobile app design, Grunt/gulp, Bootstrap, SVG or print design skills.
Preferred skills included Magento theme design and front-end development, AngularJS, movie editing, SEO or marketing knowledge.
Data consisted of 182 job postings. I was targeting mainly the following job title.
- Web developer
- Front-end developer
- UI engineer
- Front-end engineer
Years of Work Experience
While in the case of web developer, about 70% of companies required some work experience in the same field. The proportion of companies that didn’t require work experience for web developers (31%) exceeded that for web designers (19%). They required CodePen, GitHub or Stack Overflow account to see their works instead of experience. This means an online portfolio website is important for not only web designers but also web developers.
Companies that did not matter education has accounted for 71%. As in the case of Web designers, 89% of companies that were looking for someone got bachelor degree of the relevant departments were US companies and 81% of companies seeking someone who got college diploma were Canadian companies.
Other requirement included AWS, Python, SVG and Perl.
Preferred skills included to use graphic tools like Photoshop, design skill, creating newsletter templates, Vagrant, Google Maps API or Facebook API.
I also found some companies posted those requirement.
- Citizen, permanent residents or holding a work permit
- Know the difference between Arial and Helvetica
- Mac lover
- Dog lover
- Travel lover
- Sports lover
- Beer lover
- Sense of humour
“Citizen, permanent residents or holding a work permit” is really important but not easy to fulfill for foreigners like us. You have to check if you are eligible to work in that country to make sure before you start to work there. Knowing the difference between Arial and Helvetica … would be important for designers. Dog lover… dog? Beer…? Sense of humour……?
Well, they need someone who has the same hobby and is comfortable to talk together :)
I hope those data helps you, especially people who are looking for a job from non-English speaking countries!