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!

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Holly Lawton

With over 10 years full-circle marketing experience, working across multiple b2c and b2b campaigns, Holly brings her passion for digital marketing to the Red Academy.

Originally from the UK, Holly has worked in a wide varied of industries. From consumer campaigns like the world’s largest dog show Crufts, BBC Kids and live entertainment, right through to food and drink trade events, global telecommunications conferences and a worldwide shipping broker – proving that digital marketing can be applied successfully to any company, in any market.

Holly cycled the pacific coast from Vancouver to Tijuana blogging all the way and in London, was a singer in a band. You will still catch her cycling around the city and maybe even singing…

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