1. Why did you decide to attend a bootcamp?
I had a degree and a skill-set, but my interests were so varied that I couldn't possibly imagine a career I'd want to do forever. I bounced around to a lot of different areas trying to find something that was challenging but within my reach, something that would force me to continue to learn forever, and something that would allow me to have the literal and financial freedom to stop living like I was still in college. I knew I needed to learn a new skill but I didn't have the money to go back to school-- I didn't even think of a boot camp as an option until I happened upon DESIGNATION online by accident. Once I did some research, I realized it was the best fit for my lifestyle.
2. What challenges did you overcome to get where you are?
I think one of the hardest things in life is to decide whether to try harder or admit that something isn't right for you and give up. I'm determined to do things wholly and completely, so whenever I would find a new interest or possible career path it would be hard for me to give the idea up and admit that it wasn't for me. I kept thinking I just needed to try harder to get better at it or to learn to love it. I've learned to trust my intuition more and do what I like, rather than what I think I should like.
3. What plans/dreams do you have for the next five years?
Within the next five years or so I'd like to be doing something collaborative and creative. As long as I have those things I'll be happy, no matter the job title or my daily responsibilities.
4. Any advice for students looking to join a bootcamp?
Clear your schedule. You'll get the most from the bootcamp experience if you dedicate yourself fully to it. Quit your job. Make it clear to your family and friends that you are going to be busy for the next 16 weeks.
5. What motivates you in your career?
Within design, I am motivated by the community around me. It's a fast changing world and knowing that keeps me on my toes and gives me the energy and drive to keep learning and keep creating.
6. Do you see bootcamps replacing college for part of the population?
Bootcamps are probably more relevant than college for some people. College is important, there's no doubt about that. The knowledge you gain there is so far beyond just technical skills, and there's no way to measure that kind of value. It's a shame that many people-- myself included, leave college not knowing what they want to do. Bootcamps are the perfect answer to that.
7. What are the people and the culture like at your bootcamp?
The people at DESIGNATION are really talented, focused, driven artists. As soon as you walk in every morning and see everyone else creating beautiful things you just want to create beautiful things, too. As designers, we all want to show our work early and often, and being around twenty other designers makes that easy. Everyone has a very collaborative attitude. I've made lifelong friends at DESIGNATION.
8. Any advice for recent alums looking for a job?
Apply to any job you think you can do well. Ignore anything that says "4 years experience mandatory". Just put your work out there.