As a web developer, you are constantly acquiring new skills that help you progress faster and more efficiently. You have to keep up with the new technologies to stay on pace. For those just getting started in learning web development, all the information can be a little overwhelming. There is one main skill that I think is essential in learning and adapting in general.
The skill I am talking about is getting really good at researching efficiently, which means being great at using your best friend, Google! This may sound like common sense, but I think the importance of it is overlooked, especially by beginners.
Web developers, especially when you are learning, spend most of our day using google. Many beginners think you learn these technologies and remember most of it, which is far from the truth. It is impossible for us humans to remember even a fraction of all the information that goes into most programming languages. What you do is learn the concepts and basic syntax, and then you google search based on what type of project scenario you are working on at the moment.
This is a normal, day to day workflow for most developers. In the process of doing this over and over, you start picking up more concepts and variations of ways to do things. It is a process that you will become great at by default, just through learning to code. Even though it happens automatically, I think it is worth being conscious of while learning. Pay attention to the connections you make while finding solutions to your problems.
As you grow into your place in the industry, efficiency is paramount. So the skill of diagnosing a problem with your code, opening another tab to Google, finding your solution, and going back to implement that solution as fast as possible is the name of the game. The faster you can do this the more work you will get done, the better you will look as a working developer, and the more you will learn and advance.
As you get better, you will know what words or phrases to type into google that will get you to your solution the fastest. I know that for me personally, honing this skill has been a big advantage in the timeframe of going from a beginner to actually working in the industry. I encourage everyone learning web dev, and even in other fields, to work on this skill and use it daily. This has been a big factor in me being able to level up my career.
I also created a youtube video talking about this skill, you can watch that here:
If you would like to read about my journey into web development and how it changed my life, click this link: https://levelupdev.co/my-journey-to-become-a-web-developer/