What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I felt like my previous work was not giving me enough opportunity to engage my creative side. Design felt like a better match for my personality and interests, but I needed a guide in making that career change. It is possible to learn a lot through self-study, but sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why it is great to have experts who can help you.

What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?

I had limited skills in the technical side of things starting the program, but actually the strategic thinking has been the biggest revelation to me. I understand much more about how to use the elements of design as tools build a brand’s identity and engage users. A robot can make a website, but designers create with intent and execute a vision.

What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?

I actually started a small part-time freelance graphic design business based on what I have learned. Right now I’ve decided to put most of my effort into the program, so it is really more of a supplemental source of income and experience for me.

What are your career aspirations?

I am considering doing freelance web design on a full time basis because I love the flexibility, but I would love to be part of a team, too. I could see myself as a front end designer.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

I had a couple moments this past semester where my classmates thanked me for passing on some tips on how to do something design-wise. That was really awesome because I have learned a lot from my classmates and instructors, too. There is just this awesome community that develops as you take classes with people because we all help one another to get better. It is really exciting to be a part of that and to know you’re making your contribution, too.

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

Class of May ’18

Jacksonville, FL

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