Student Experience: Week 6 with Sara Sim
We have officially finished week 6 of the professional program, Sara Sim discusses her student experience so far at RED Academy in the Web Development program.
Currently I am enrolled in the full-time Web Development program at RED but previously attended SFU for an International Studies Degree and spent a few years travelling, teaching English and trying to figure out which way to take my career afterwards. I recently lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where I was inspired by the start-up community there and how technology was being used to make a positive impact on the city and people’s lives. I wanted to get involved in the tech sector and when I returned back to Vancouver I ended up finding RED Academy.
Although, I have no prior experience in Web Development and are new to the tech industry in Vancouver, I was excited to find the variety of programs in tech offered that eventually lead me to RED. The welcoming and positive environment at RED and the focus on front-end development was something I was looking for. It was nice to see RED offering personal and professional development to the students throughout the program. I was excited to work in a collaborative environment and be able to build up a portfolio of work while learning a whole new skill set. Even though, the program is intense, it is manageable due to the support of the instructors, staff, and other students, I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a great team. It is a family oriented atmosphere and everyone makes sure you are comfortable and are getting the help you need.
So far, the most important thing I have learned at RED is problem solving, I am getting much better at breaking down a problem, working through it logically and not getting frustrated when I hit a roadblock. Teamwork is an essential component, being able to reach out to others when I do hit a roadblock and coming to a solution collaboratively.
Once I graduate, I am looking to merge my interests in public policy, community development, and coding, to find a position where I can best excel, that would be incredible. This includes bringing innovation and tech into issues of public importance and making the government digital infrastructure more efficient. I would also love to get involved with teaching youth and new immigrants on how to code and even combine my skills as an English teacher with coding. I am open to any opportunities both in Vancouver and in Rio de Janeiro and can’t wait to start exploring them in next upcoming weeks!
Creative Director / Lead Instructor, UI & Communication Design
Julie is a Designer with expertise in crafting highly engaging digital experiences for organizations like TELUS, YYoga, Escents, and Rutgers University at digital agency Pound & Grain. Originally from New-Caledonia, she joined the RED team where she uses her well-rounded set of skills and her background in fine arts & coding to fuel her strong enthusiasm for teaching UI & Communication Design.
Julie is passionate about thinking of innovative ways to leverage user-centric design at every possible moment - whether it's through her teaching, her design work, or while contributing to the betterment of her surroundings.