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How many times have you felt totally inspired by an idea, or an invention, only to have it fizzle as you contemplate how to turn it into a reality? I can’t count how many times I have seen a solution to a problem, a way to better organize information, but it remained beyond my grasp. I have heard over and over that computer programming can open so many doors (and may be slightly influenced by will.i.am’s stance on how sexy coding is) – but my pre-Y2K highschool computer education focused solely on touch-typing skills (so tedious that I rebelled and still basically hunt-and-peck). The extents of my technical capabilities are some mad self-taught Excel skills and a passion for learning new things.
But that’s not enough these days. To stay relevant, you must be able to work in a digital space – and to continuously evolve within it. I see it most clearly in my work at Rethink Breast Cancer: even simple updates to our campaigns and web pages require basic knowledge of web development, never mind improvements to their design and function. I want to be able to do these things on my own so that I can stay on top of the trends and new information, without going through the frustrating and time-consuming process of trying to explain the idea in my head to someone else.
No one understands the intricacies of an idea quite like you do – how empowering it would be to cut out the middle man and see your idea materialize before your eyes!
Since I am the Queen of Signing-up-for-webinars-but-never-(ever)-taking-them, I am so excited for this opportunity to get back to the classroom at BrainStation and really take the time to focus on learning these important skills. I learn best by doing. I like puzzles and creative problem solving. And I love having a group of peers around me while I do it so that we can get immediate feedback and help each other out if we are stuck. I think I am going to love it – only time will tell!