CommunityFinding the Right Career in Web Design

Faye Bridge
writes on October 12, 2016

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.

Gigel

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.


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6 Responses to “Finding the Right Career in Web Design”

  1. I would also strongly recommend making connections and talking with industry experts. Helps fine tune a developers path I believe.

  2. I completely agree. Taking your time is vital when learning dev and tech in general. Rushing only wastes time, practice makes perfect but the learning never stops. Treehouse courses really stress that. I’m currently doing the Front End Web Development Techdegree and it’s awesome! I have since started my own web design agency hawpmedia.com and served clients accross the globe. Treehouse courses have brought me so many opportunities!

    Thanks treehouse!

    • Faye Bridge on December 14, 2016 at 7:06 am said:

      Hi Evan! I just saw this awesome comment from you. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished with hawpmedia since learning to code, it was an inspiration to read.

      I’d love to hear more about your experience and feature you on the Treehouse blog. If you’re interested, please contact me at faye@teamtreehouse.com. Looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂

  3. Great article! I just started Treehouse myself as a Frontend Developer student. You’re spot on about learning it slowly. I sped through my first HTML book last year and did not retain anything. I figured since it was easy, it would stick. WRONG! I needed to slow down, and REALLY understand what I was creating.

    • Faye Bridge on October 31, 2016 at 4:14 am said:

      Thanks for learning with us, Jordan! I agree, it’s important to learn at your own pace and be confident with the skills you learn. Keep us updated on how things progress for you!

  4. Great stuff, gives the motivation an extra notch, thank you for sharing.

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