Chris Parker, January 22, 2016 | 3 min read

WEEK 1: DONE, am I dreaming?

Men have walked on the Moon. Dreams are extremely important, for without them, that statement would not a true one. Every man, child, and woman has a dream (or dreams if you’re fancy), whether it is to graduate from high school and make it to college, buy a home, or gain the skills to rule the world (this would be my category). These things called dreams motivate, inspire, and can materialize into true change. I too have a dream, Martin. I have a belief.

I believe that design can change the world for the better. I dream it  and live it, and in joining Tech Talent South, I intend to garner the expertise to so. I intend to increase my earning potential, and I also intend to fulfill a lifelong dream.

Mobile technology as well as the internet has permeated our society to such an extent that the trend will only continue at an exponential rate. It is inevitable that coding has become a highly sought and valued skill, as it has the potential to impact these trends in substantial ways. Coding is needed to make it all operate, and understanding this, I have decided to jump into the arena, with my background in art and design.

I recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and my experience there has given me a great eye for design. However, I find the skills that i have gained limited in scope, compared to what I truly wish to do with my creative talents, which is become a Brand Strategist with a focus in UX/UI. That being said, I do not have the true coding chops to truly implement the sorts of projects that I would like to, and thus my expertise is limited. My hopes are that I will gain the true expertise in that arena to garner more credibility in that space and to be able to increase the functionality of the sites/apps that I wish to create.

Gaining the expertise to implement and well as gaining the proper knowledge to have the proper conversations is extremely important for me to gain a greater personal value when shopping for potential clients when I freelance. Having the proper know how and being able to actually back it up with implementation will also increase my value at the Captain Planet Foundation, where I am currently an in-house contractor. A great deal of the work that we do has to be sourced to outside firms, but could easily be done in house if I had the proper know how. This in turn saves a lot of time and money.

A long time ago, when I was maybe 10, I was an avid gamer, and vowed to myself one day to learn how to make them. Though the languages that I am learning here at TTS are not gaming languages per se, I do believe learning these are a step in the right direction as far as fulfilling that dream.  In addition going after that dream, I will also gain the ability to make my own coded creations that may one day turn into multimillion dollar apps, and I could pay myself, which wouldn’t be a bad thing at all!

Keeping the dream alive is probably the biggest reason for me to learn to code with TTS. The small classes & intimate environment go miles towards helping me learn the way I learn best, with actual people. There are great coding sites out there, but the one on one really works and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. The staff was also extremely accommodating and really worked with me to make sure I was set. I have met some great people thus far, and and I’m looking forward to the rest of the course.