A few months ago, Shante was a stay at home mom of four who decided she wanted more for herself and her family and to change their lives for the better. In the past Shante worked in customer service and marketing where she’d been introduced to her love for technology. The experience encouraged Shante to pursue a career in tech so she began dedicating time each day to learning to code. Shante’s hard work is already paying off as today she is coding with confidence and excelling towards her career goal of being a freelance WordPress developer.

We asked Shante to share her experience and plans for the future with the community.

Shante

“What made me pursue my education with Treehouse is the need for change in my life, I wanted more for myself and my family, I wanted to do something that would change our lives for the better.”

What first encouraged you to learn to code and pursue a career in the tech industry?

I’ve always had an interest in the internet, the tech industry and how it all works. I then became fascinated with websites and how they were created and after a while, I had the desire and need to learn more.

What work were you doing when you first joined Treehouse and what encouraged you to learn with us?

Before I began learning with Treehouse I was a stay at home mom and before that, I was a customer service representative and I’ve also worked in the wireless communications industry. I’ve also done a little marketing as well. What made me pursue my education with Treehouse is the need for change in my life, I wanted more for myself and my family, I wanted to do something that would change our lives for the better.

What has the value of a Treehouse education meant to you?

Treehouse courses have helped me code with confidence and have more confidence in myself in this journey to pursue my career goals. It hasn’t been easy and I knew that when I began. I’m always up for a challenge, but Treehouse makes it fun.

What’s up next on your learning path?

Next, I will be learning PHP. I’ve got major WordPress skills and I’m ready to put them to use. I want to be a freelance WordPress developer and I’m currently working on my portfolio. I can’t wait till it’s finished!

What are your go-to resources for coding inspiration or motivation?

My go-to resources are everything. I use every resource that is available, blogs, courses, books, and ebooks. Google has been my BFF for a long time. Also, Facebook groups have helped me link up with others with the same career goals and interests.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with students who are just starting out?

To anyone that wants to pursue learning how to code, I’d say go for it and don’t let anything stand in your way. Have fun, love what you do and be the best at it.

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