James Dauer
20
Feb

How LaunchCode Launched My Career



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When I first started at The Net Impact, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had plenty of experience doing everything from video game testing to banking, but I wasn’t really sure what a career in full-on web development would look like. Each job I had taken in the past had a radically different style of management and required many different things of me, so on my first day I was more than a little anxious to start. Luckily for me, my first day was the office Chili Cook-off.  I couldn’t have picked a better day to start.

I had been selected as an early candidate by the LaunchCode program to help develop my web development skills and get a lucrative career in front end development. I had dabbled in the field back in high school when I would create simple websites out of Notepad and MS Paint, but it was only in the last 5 years that I had really seriously started looking at web development as a career. I had been able to snag internships with various marketing firms here and there, but there was always a massive rift between the experience I would need to break into the web development field and the experience I was gaining from doing miscellaneous marketing tasks. While I am very grateful for the companies who believed in me enough to give me those internships, I knew deep-down that if I wanted to become a front end developer, I would need something more focused on coding, and less on the marketing side of things. I came on board The Net Impact with a broad skillset in everything from Photoshop to video editing, but simply didn’t have the depth of skill it would take to walk right into a front end development position.

With LaunchCode, I was able to get a mentorship in the front end development team. I was finally able to get answers to many of the questions I had involving web development, as well as learn so much more about HTML and CSS than I had ever thought I would. Just 3 short months after beginning my mentorship at The Net Impact, I find myself employed as a full-time front end developer with The Net Impact, and with much more confidence in my web development skillset. My time working with the front end developers here, especially Jason Chumney, has been invaluable to me. I’ve been able to not only learn skills I was sorely missing, but also help out the front end development team when the occasional Photoshop edit would come up. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I’m very honored to have been a part of it.

I wish the good folks at LaunchCode the best of luck, and am so grateful that they have volunteered the time and put forth the effort they have, and I thank the team here at The Net Impact for taking a chance on me.  I can’t wait to see what the next five years have in store!

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