I have two bachelor degrees, TV & Digital Film and Public Relations. I also have a masters in Marketing & Communications. Out of school, my first job was a paralegal job—it got me out of Dunkin’ Donuts—and I’ve been stuck in paralegal work for about three and a half years working both foreclosures and collections. Basically, it was never a career that I wanted to continue with. I wanted a complete change.
My boyfriend went through Galvanize and when I saw the type of work he was doing, I wanted to learn, only different because I wanted to implement my design and marketing skills within websites. I took online coding courses, teaching myself for three months, with a full time job. I’d come home from my paralegal job and work a couple hours, if I had the time. One day, I came to Galvanize with my boyfriend and his instructor, Michael Herman, saw where I was at with the coding skills I developed and suggested I apply.
The instructors have helped a lot, especially with difficult issues. Michael, one weekend, when I was dealing with social authentication, he was there on Slack with me, working through it with me. Every time I’ve had a problem, the instructors have been there. And there are a few classmates, we work through problems together. It’s helpful seeing how others work through problems.
Over my break week, I’ve been helping my boyfriend with front end work for a company called CloudForest. His boss wanted to meet and she found out I have a marketing background too. Now I’m working with them as a front end developer and marketer, designing web pages to better connect with customers. The ideas I gave them on how to make the platform more marketable, they loved instantly.
What I really want, in the long run, is to combine marketing, design and development together and this internship is the start of it. I now have the skills to actually believe that I can do this as a career. It gives me more confidence to know this is the right path to follow.
-Kaylyn Van Norstrand, Full Stack Web Development student in Denver, Colorado. You can find her on Linkedin.
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