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Building on the Basics

by on April 24, 2013

Two semesters of grad classes and two semesters of online classes under my belt.

Similar to what others said already, when I started this program I really didn’t think I would ever get into any kind of web design. Now after two semesters, I’m applying for jobs that Imagerequire basic coding skills, getting offered internships on the web marketing team at National Instruments, and serving as webmaster for the Austin Young Democrats.

A long way from somehow graduating from an advertising program never having to take a single computer class. Seriously. Four years, not a single class. I should check back and see if that’s changed.

Anyway, to reiterate what some of my classmates have said about the value of the classes, the most valuable thing I’ve learned is to not be intimidated by coding. The comfort level I have looking into the code whether it be a WordPress site, HTML, Ruby on Rails or Javascript is leaps and bounds above what I ever thought it could be and that is because I am not scared to Google it and try to figure it out on my own.

Another reason I am glad I took this class at the beginning of my program is it immersed me into the tech culture, something I had not paid attention to at all prior to the program. By doing this early on, I am able to stay abreast of what’s going on in the industry and begin to make contacts and network long before graduation.

Being at the forefront of emerging technology such as data journalism is a great way to stay ahead of the competition when it comes to getting a job or staying relevant within that job. I am thankful for the updates and opportunities to learn about groups such as Hacks and Hackers and ONA and meet such influential people as Evan Smith. Such opportunities really help flesh out the academic part of the program.

In the future, I hope to calm down a bit and not work 3 jobs while taking 3 classes so that I am able to actually attend conferences such as ISOJ and SXSWi and learn even more about what is going on in the industry and utilize the opportunity to network with all of the influential people involved. 

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