“Put in the work and you’ll do well.”
Interface alumnus, Jason Hinze spent more than a decade building WordPress sites as a freelancer and teaching technology to middle and high school students. He was ready for a career change, but as mid-career professional with a wife and two children, Jason needed a training program that would accommodate his busy life. He turned to Interface to help him make that happen.
“It was intense, but it wasn’t too much,” said Jason.
With the counsel of Interface Managing Director, Shonna Dorsey, he concluded that the Web Foundations course would provide the most opportunities for him. Jason also considered the WordPress course, but he already had significant WordPress experience and believed that studying front-end development would improve his existing skills while building entirely new ones.
“It (Interface) can take a person with minimal experience and make them hirable,” said Jason. “There’s no way I would have been able to land this contract without what I learned.”
Jason is currently working as a web developer on a six-month contract with Omaha, Web Equity, an on-demand lending software provider. He also continues to work with a number of WordPress clients.
“The biggest thing I got out of the course was best practices and how to write very clean, organized code that would be readable to other developers,” said Jason.
The level of instruction and personal attention at Interface impressed Jason. He said that his course instructor Preston Badeer “was super knowledgable and super helpful as well.”
He says Preston helped him understand that people with high tech skills aren’t necessarily smarter, they’re often just more experienced. Jason thinks that ‘mid-career’ adults’ like him, who are more technology immigrants than technology natives, should not be afraid of learning to code. For one thing, the job opportunities are significant.
“Everybody’s looking for developers and I don’t think that need is going to go away,” said Jason.
The solid pay associated with being a developer doesn’t hurt either. Jason knew that as a teacher there was only so much money he would ever make, but with development he feels that “the sky’s the limit.” Nevertheless, he also says that he’d still like to be an educator, perhaps with Interface some day.
Ever the teacher, Jason has some advice for incoming students, “Put in the work and you’ll do well.”