Why I’m Taking BrainStation’s Full-time Web Development Program | Winter 2016

By Hanna Kim December 22, 2015
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I currently have a pretty sweet job. I work in marketing for an awesome startup called Vanhawks, and I love it here. I get to manage my own department, the hours are flexible, the pay is good, the benefits are great, and the people are wonderful – so why am I giving that up to jump into a completely new world that speaks a different language to be back in a classroom for 10 weeks?

A few months ago, I enrolled myself in BrainStation’s part-time Intro to Web Development course. It was a great opportunity for me to learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and a little bit of JavaScript to have somewhat of an understanding of code to better communicate with my coworkers. Working in a startup means having to work closely with everyone on the team. As a marketing team of one, I found myself working with our front-end web, and full-stack developers. As the weeks of my course progressed, I found myself actually beginning to understand what was being discussed in our work web meetings, had a better sense of time (in terms of how long certain projects could take), and was able to better understand project needs to create more effective marketing campaigns and strategies.

Now, I want to know more, and there’s really no better time (I’m still in my early 20s and really don’t have any serious responsibilities or commitments quite yet). Not only do I want to learn to build beautiful websites for you to just scroll through, I want to understand how the backend works, and how information is collected to create a complete user journey.

I know that the 10 weeks spent will be challenging, but nothing good ever comes easy, right? Maybe I won’t be an A+ student, maybe I won’t be making a complete career change, but I know that the skills I eventually develop will only help me to become more adaptable in a constantly transforming digital industry, and allow me to become a more creative marketer.

Hopefully, the experience I’m able to share will help you to stay curious and give you a desire to learn. It may not be in the realm of coding, but as the world of online and digital everything continues to grow, you should too!

BrainStation WDI program student

Hanna is taking BrainStation’s Full Time WDI program! She will be graduating in 10 weeks as a Junior Full-Stack Developer