Timaru student lands dream IT job
Valentina Bellomo / Stuff
Tayla Brown is studying an online degree and has previously landed a part-time job at a digital marketing company in Timaru.
A student from Timaru who has chosen online learning over going to college has no regrets and, having landed a part-time job in her chosen field, encourages others to consider learning online. line.
Set to graduate from Open Polytechnic with a BFA in Information Technology early next year, Tayla Brown, 23, works as a part-time web developer at Sky Media, a digital marketing company based to Timaru.
âIt’s a lot cheaper,â Brown said of online learning.
âI have 20% debt compared to my friends who went to college, and that has the same benefits as well. “
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“His [online learning] flexible and im getting the work experience i need. I never really wanted to go to college and get that huge student loan.
Brown said she applied to attend Open Polytechnic after learning they offered a degree in information technology.
âI applied, I started studying three years ago and I haven’t looked back. It was fantastic, and I realized how much the diploma covers and really enjoyed every part.
âThe flexibility is amazing – you really aren’t limited to anything. I would say you need to have good time management skills and be self-motivated. “
Brown said she had always had an interest in designing and developing apps, but never dreamed that she could make a career out of it.
Brown said she felt the pressure early on to decide what to do after finishing school.
âDuring my last year of high school, there was tremendous pressure to go to college and know exactly what you wanted to do. And personally I didn’t know, so the first two years after I worked in a cafe.
âGrowing up, I have always been interested in the digital front-end aspect of IT – what the user sees – including the design and development of applications. I always went into Keynote (a presentation app) on my laptop and designed my own website and different apps.
âI also loved watching documentaries about Mark Zuckerberg and stuff like that. But for some reason it never really clicked for me that I could actually find a job doing something like that.
Juggling a job at The Warehouse and preparing for his degree, Brown started working as a part-time web developer earlier this year.
âThey hired me, even though I was still finishing my studies.
âI process their data through Google Analytics and generate reports for their clients. I am also developing a part time website for them.
âI really enjoy working for small start-ups like Sky Media because it’s more personal and you can get involved in a lot of different areas, more than what a large company can offer. “
Brown said the company had really supported her during her studies, and there were some added benefits to studying while working.
âIt was really hands-on … like a lot of things I learned in my class, I can bring them to work. Like they asked me if I knew anything about Google Analytics and I said âactually I just did a review on thisâ so I was able to do it for them.
âI was also able to go back to my course material and reread it. So learning and being able to apply it directly has been great. “
Brown said his future goal was to move abroad to gain more work experience and hopefully become a âfull developerâ capable of developing client and server software.