Check out Vivek’s student experience in our Web Development Immersive course. If you are interested in joining our Winter 2015 cohort, check out our course page!
“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it” – Stan Smith
With everything I do in life, I give it 100%. This mantra was a part of my life from a very young age as I began to appreciate and enter the world of visual design and business. In my grade 11 marketing class, a guest speaker who was an entrepreneur, stressed how marketing is one of the most important factors for a company to become successful. Little did I know, his words would change my life forever!
That’s exactly what I sought out to do! I went to Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University where I majored in Marketing and at the same time, I started my own photography company. Having strong foundations and a passion in marketing, the photography company was easy to brand and startup. However as technology and social media have transformed the face of marketing, I realized that the development of an online website for my company was required. Having very little experience with web development I realized I needed to acquire a new set of skills. So, I went to Codecademy and tried to learn the basics of HTML and CSS but that didn’t really work out.
I knew I had the design background but I needed some training in technical coding. After some research I choose to enroll in Brainstation’s 10 Week Web Development Immersive program.
The reason why I choose to go with Brainstation is the fact they are affiliated with Konrad Group and their educators are industry professionals who have hands-on technical experience.
Starting the program I didn’t have any working knowledge about web development but was definitely ready to face the mental challenge of learning new content outside of my marketing and business background. Fast forward to week 1, where we were building static websites, this would have taken me months to learn, but with the assistance of and motivation by the educators we learnt these skills within in a week. This was really rewarding for me and showed me that web development is skill that can open up many doors and also allow me to showcase my design skills.
Throughout the previous 8 weeks I have experienced challenges, encouragement and successes. I can say that having no background in coding hasn’t limited the success that I have achieved. – YES ! – there were days where things got difficult and I thought that by me not having a coding background wouldn’t allow me to become a developer. However the educators used an approach where they would allow you to attempt challenges and let you think them through before providing a solution. This learning style really changed the way I approached problems, it enhanced my skills of self-learning and allowed me to break down problems into smaller subsets. Even though I was adapting to this new learning style, the educators believed in us and with their guidance and support they ensured the whole class was striving towards success together.
Now that I am entering week 9, I can say that I am able develop a variety of web applications using multiple different coding languages and frameworks. Along with building amazing UI/UX designs, I realized I was approaching problems and tasks with a different mindset. I am excited about the remaining 2 weeks of the program as we are developing a web application for Brainstation where our whole class will be collaborating on one big project, which will go live! The tech industry has already broadened my vision for my own company and has allowed me to think in a way that was unknown to me. I know going forward this industry will be a big part of my life and I look forward to what the future has to hold, as the possibilities with technology are endless.
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