How to become an app developer: Jack's story

A young man, Jack, stands in an open plan office and smiles at the camera

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 work at a software development company called Synectics Solutions, where I have a web development role and work on a mobile augmented reality app that clients use with a magazine. When people download the app and scan a picture in the magazine, it can play a video that goes alongside the article they are reading. I use HTML code, Javascript and my knowledge about code and software design.

At school

I took ICT GCSE which was a lot of spreadsheets! I also studied English, Maths, Science, History, Business, Graphics and German.

At college

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.

At university

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.

A man takes a photograph of some documents on his phone screen, testing an app

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)

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