April was working in web development and in need of a learning resource to help keep her skills up-to-date when she stumbled upon Treehouse. Soon April found herself not only retaining more knowledge but also having a lot of fun learning and applying it. In turn, this not only expanded April’s skill set, but also her confidence in her abilities. Although her initial goal was to refresh her knowledge and relearn HTML and CSS, with Treehouse April surpassed her expectations and was able to move on to learning more advanced concepts and programming languages. With these new skills and confidence, April landed an exciting new position as an HTML/CSS specialist and is looking forward to taking on new challenges and continuing to grow her skills.
We caught up with April to hear more about her learning experience, the process of expanding her skill set and her plans for the future.
What first drew you to the web industry?
My college roommate freshman year had a boyfriend who was a web developer. He taught me how to code my own website in Geocities and I thought it was neat – plus I liked problem-solving and knowing a “secret” language that not everyone knew. Several years later, I was working in a marketing department and the IT manager asked if I knew HTML because the company website was out of date – that was when my career officially began.
What work were you doing when you first joined Treehouse & what encouraged you to learn with us?
I was doing web development at yet another company and trying to just learn more about coding by taking continuing education classes online. I stumbled across Treehouse and it was much more fun than the classes I’d been taking – plus I found I retained the knowledge better (which then boosted my confidence). I soon started tackling things like Responsive Design – and really had fun with it!
You recently landed a job as an HTML/CSS specialist. Tell us a little about how your career has evolved since learning with Treehouse and the work you’re doing now.
What has the value of a Treehouse education meant to you?
The greatest thing Treehouse has given me is confidence. For about ten years, I was the only web developer in my company (I just outsourced anything over my head to contractors). Since I had mostly taught myself to code, I didn’t have the confidence that I was doing everything right. When I tried to learn new things, I would get overwhelmed and decide they were too hard for me. The Treehouse instructors have this way of teaching where you finish and you’re so proud of what you’ve done. Plus, you know it’s current, relevant instruction. In an industry like this, if you take four years to get a degree at a college, the things you learned your first two years may already be irrelevant. You can trust that what Treehouse is teaching you will work right now if you go out and code a site.
What are your plans for the future, and what’s up next on your learning path?
My plans are to learn as much as I can in this new position and to grow my front end development skills even more. I do have a little PHP/MySQL knowledge – maybe someday I’ll get back there. For now, I just want to tackle the things I used to think were way out of my league.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with new students who are just starting out?
Trust the process. Treehouse has created a great system that works if you just keep at it. And if you’re just not understanding something, keep watching the videos and reach out for help. They are actively involved in creating the coders of the future.
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