You have mastered the Django framework. Now what? If you know the fundamentals of Django, it is a pretty good skill to have. Now, you need to use that skill properly. You can apply your Django skills in several different ways. In this article, let’s discuss some of the things that you can do with Django.
What to do after learning Django? Well, you can do a lot of things with it. Here are some of the best ways you can apply your Django skills:
- Create real-world projects and solve problems
- Teach web development to other people
- Apply for freelance work and other jobs
Now, let’s look at each of these options in detail and understand how to do them.
1. Create Real-World Projects and Solve Problems
If you haven’t created some big projects using Django yet, it’s the right time to do it. You need to have some experience in creating some web applications using Django before you go ahead and apply for jobs or freelance works.
To create a web application, you don’t need to think of a million-dollar app idea. The best way to create projects is by solving problems. Look around yourself and see what problems do people face. Many people face a lot of burning problems, and you need to find those.
For example, a restaurant owner in your area might need to create an online platform for their customers to see the menu and order food. That is a real-world problem. So, you can create a responsive web application using Django to solve this problem. If you can do some research, you’ll find a lot of problems people are facing. Find a solution, and that’s the best way to do projects.
If you can’t find any real-world projects, you can still create projects in several different ways. You can clone an existing website and its functionalities into your own website. This method will help you to learn how those web applications work.
You can brainstorm for a few minutes and come up with a lot of project ideas. If you are still facing difficulty in finding project ideas, I would suggest you check out the article that I’ve written on 12 Django Project Ideas for Beginners.
If you’ve done 2-3 projects, now is the time to create an online portfolio website. Build some awesome projects and list them in your portfolio. You can give the URL of this portfolio website to your clients or employer and show your skills and projects. This will enhance your chances of getting a job or getting a freelance client.
After doing some cool projects, now you have the skills and confidence to create any web application. This confidence will help you reach heights in your career.
2. Teach Web Development to Other People
Once you learn Django basics, now you can pass on that knowledge to other people. You don’t need to be an expert in Django or web development. Some people don’t even know what HTML or Python is. They just want to learn the basics. You can be a tutor for them and help them learn the basics in the right way.
Sometimes, an average level developer is better suited to teach to beginners rather than experts. Most expert people can’t relate to the situation a beginner is facing. They are way too ahead. Hence, as someone who has just learned Django recently, you are more suitable to teach web development to a beginner. That’s why this is a great opportunity.
So make use of this opportunity. If you can find clients locally near your area, that is a great thing. You can teach them in person, which is the most effective way. Even if you can’t find clients locally, there’s no need to worry. That’s why we have several online platforms available to us.
We can use platforms like TeacherOn, Wyzant, and Takelessons. If you do some research, you can find several other online platforms. Go to these online platforms and create a tutor account. Now, apply for tutoring opportunities that you are interested in doing.
After you get some clients, you can list your work in your portfolio. When your profile becomes highly rated, people will come to you with tutoring opportunities. You can charge them an hourly rate and earn some decent income. You can start with a 35$ per hour initially. When you get more clients, you can increase the rate as you want.
If you’re interested in tutoring, then I would urge you to check out the guide I’ve written on How To Teach Programming and Earn a Living. Teaching is the easiest way to make money online, and the best thing is that you can start right now.
3. Apply for Freelance Work and Other Jobs
If you’ve done the first two steps, now you’re pretty much in a good position to apply for jobs. You have enough projects in your portfolio to show it to others. You also have the experience of working with clients in tutoring. By doing these steps, you’re now an above-average web developer, and you can stand out from the competition.
Now, it’s time to apply for jobs and freelance work. If you’re interested in working for a company, you can apply for Django web developer positions. For that, you need to create a nice resume that shows all the projects that you’ve done and your work history.
If you don’t know how to create one, look for an online tutorial to help you. If you have some money to invest, you can hire a professional resume writer to make everything better. Once the resume is ready, apply for jobs via various online websites.
If you’re interested in working for a particular company, go to the careers page of their website. Most companies provide a careers page on their website for candidates to apply for jobs. You can also know the open positions in that company from the website itself. Also, you can go to websites like hired.com, indeed.com, etc., and apply for a ton of job opportunities.
If you’re interested in freelance work, you can go to websites like upwork.com and freelancer.com and create profiles there. You’ll be able to find clients in the same way as you did with finding tutoring clients.
On these online platforms, you should make your profile stand out from other people. Take some time to make your profile extra-ordinary. List all the work that you’ve done in your profile, and feature some client feedbacks if you can.
It will be a little difficult to get the first few clients. But once you get some experience, you’ll be able to make it big.
Learning Django was fun. Now, its time to implement your Django skills. I hope this article was helpful to you. If you have got something out of this article, then I would urge you to implement what you’ve learned.
What are you going to do with your Django skills? Let me know in the comments section. Feel free to ask your doubts or queries as well.
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