After exploring countless diverse careers Gigel Tanca-Sanquer chose to pursue a career that aligned with his interest in the web. Having no previous coding experience, he began with the basics. As soon as he first touched HTML, he was confident he’d found the right career path. After dedicating himself to learning web design daily with Treehouse, Gigel built up an impressive portfolio of coding skills and landed a 10-month contract at a Web Design Agency. Gigel is now applying his coding skills in his new role, while working towards his career aspiration of becoming an established web designer.
We asked Gigel to share his awesome story and insights from learning to code with us.
What first encouraged you to learn to code and pursue a career in the tech industry?
The first thing I was looking for was a job that would allow me to work online. I was an active online user and video games player, and for years had searched for a job that would fit my interests. I’d worked in a hotel reception, in agriculture, and as a florist. When I began exploring web design as a profession, I realized I’d finally found the right fit. That was confirmed as soon as I began learning HTML. It was awesome.
What work were you doing when you first joined Treehouse?
I was unemployed where I first joined Treehouse. At the time, I had started learning basic coding on YouTube, but found the tutorials unrelated and the learning process was becoming difficult and tedious. I started looking for an another way to learn. At first, I looked for courses here in France, but they were – and still are – way too expensive. I found several online HTML and CSS courses, but the one that caught my attention was Treehouse.
You recently signed a contract with a web agency. Tell us a little about how your career has progressed since learning to code.
When I started with Treehouse, I would spend at least 2 hours a day learning. I joined the Web Design Track as that was what I was most interested in learning. With the skills and portfolio I built, I was offered a 10-month contract at a web agency this summer. I’m now part of a team of six learning to code together and working for clients. Today I’m working towards becoming an accomplished web designer. It’s a beautiful profession where I’m able to blossom as a creative person. My career is off to a great start and I’m very happy about it.
What has the value of a Treehouse education meant to you?
The value of Treehouse is in the simplicity and neatness of the teaching style that makes learning to code easier. In addition, the enthusiasm of the teachers and community make the learning fun. There were hard times during my professional retraining, but I would always come back toTreehouse and the videos would uplift me with the enthusiasm for learning. Treehouse was a shining program that helped me carve my new career.
What advice would you share with aspiring developers?
My advice to new developers would be to keep learning and never give up. When the code begins to be too difficult to understand, take a break. That’s what I did and it helped me a lot. I’d also say that coding isn’t necessarily hard to learn, you just need to learn it slowly, line by line. Also, give it time. It’s one of those careers that needs time and patience. Treehouse has helped me in that way while things were difficult and I hope Treehouse will be as helpful for you as it was for me.