Having signed myself up for the Web Development Immersive (WDI) at General Assembly (GA), I have recently become a student again. In this series of posts, I would like to tell you why I chose to do the course and give you some insight into what I’m learning along the way.
First of all, I want to provide some context. Since the first day of university, I’ve had a job that has enabled me to practice and develop the skills that I was studying. While at university, I had a diverse mix of experience from working as a Consultant at PwC, starting TEDxMacquarieUniversity, and starting a Sponsorship Program for Podio while on Exchange in Denmark. I also Co-founded two startups that we subsequently shutdown. Since then, I have recognised that I learn best by doing.
After graduating from a Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Adelaide, and recovering from my recent “startup failures”, I decided to dive head-first into FitUsIn – another startup. While the company was going through a pivot and new assumptions were being tested, I secured a job working with Freelancer.com. I absolutely love the fast-paced environment of a startup and I’m glad to say that Freelancer.com still has that startup vibe.
In all of my recent roles, I’ve learnt about the importance of technical literacy. Whilst I am reasonably literate when it comes to web development, I keep finding myself wanting to learn more. I’ve been teaching myself basic HTML, CSS and Ruby (online) for some time now. There came a point where I decided if I wanted to become good at it, I would have to dedicate more time to it. I decided to do this course because it would hold me accountable for a 3-month period of intensive learning and could offer more tangible outcomes than any other options.
Why I want to learn web development:
- To become a better product manager: I want to be able to speak the language and understand more technical jargon. This will also help me develop a higher level of empathy and understanding for the developers I work with.
- To bring my own ideas to life: I wan to be able to build and maintain websites myself. I am particularly interested in rapid prototyping, agile development and UI/UX design.
Back to my course prework now.