Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I always had an interest in both art and technology.
After school, I spent some time just trying out a few different jobs.
One of my jobs was managing a website project; before that, I'd really only worked in Wordpress.
Suddenly, I was in a project management role where I had to design and build a website for a school.
Luckily, I had a friend / mentor who was a senior-level developer who gave me a ton of guidance.
I signed up for Treehouse courses to teach myself how to do it. I worked on those for about 2 years.
Before long, I could build a website from start to finish. I started taking on freelance projects.
Now, whenever I get a site done and see people using it, that's a major milestone for me.
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Career

Web Designer and Developer

I'm a designer and a problem-solver; I help businesses identify their problems and create solutions.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Design
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I work from home, so they'd basically see me get up, get out of bed, get some coffee, fire up Pandora, and start working. My normal workflow starts with me getting myself organized and prioritizing all of my projects. Sometimes I'll go out to different businesses to do some consulting.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be dedicated and try not to get upset. Know that nobody picks this stuff up quickly; it comes through practice and applied knowledge. Almost nothing that I do right now has to do with what I learned in school-instead, I've used programs like Treehouse to teach myself about coding and design-so don't expect to learn everything you need to know in school. At the end of the day, it's up to you to take the time to go out and learn these concepts.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You're not as good as these other designers."

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student