A new beginning
After graduating from OCADU, an art and design institution, I have been working part-time at various general jobs to hone my skills because I didn’t know where my future lies. After years of performing the same daily tasks, I thought it was time for a change. I want to be able to show my creative side through a new field. Also, this is a field that is constantly evolving so I am able to keep challenging myself to learn new things. I remember trying to build my design portfolio during my final year at school, and I found web design to be fun and interesting. I have been trying to look for a school to study web development for quite a long time. When the pandemic hit, I stopped looking and just went back to focus on my design projects.
I believe that what I’ve been doing with my designs was trying to think of a way to deal with critical issues around the world using attractive designs. I prefer a role that is dealing with the functionality rather than the design to ensure the best user experience. I like to fill the missing pieces of my design so I can solve end users’ problems and provide a delightful experience for others. Being able to see my ideas come to life on a web page is something I’m really passionate about. I strongly believe I can utilize my design skills and create helpful codes for others. I feel my skills and experience will transfer well into this new field.
A year ago one of my relatives told me about their experiences at Juno College. I found it hard to believe he found a job so fast, so I decided to try the web development course. I started the program with no knowledge in the field, but I was eager to learn.
I chose Juno College specifically because it showed me great potential. I am able to see where the graduates went after and their portfolios of what they made. It feels the program is constantly upgrading and they really take in the feedback that the students are providing. The program went from 9 weeks to 12 weeks and also every Friday is now a study day. This bootcamp really feels like they care about their community and is a good way to make new connections and learn from industry professionals. Working with people who also have the same passion I do keeps me motivated with what I am doing.
Through web development, I have the opportunity to create work that makes people’s lives easier and more efficient. I find it fun to be able to build things that are not physical objects, but from my imagination. The things that I build are digital and I am able to shape it and continuously improve my code. I got satisfaction out of this whole process of assembling code together which can be accessed by people around the world. It provides me with a great sense of accomplishment and personal pride when people are able to use or interact with what I made. I had just finished my first week at boot camp and I hope this will be the beginning of my career change.