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How Jen Jost Found Control Over Her Time as a Freelance Developer

“For those who enjoy coding, Interface is definitely worth it. The teaching is excellent, and there are course mentors and career coaches to help along the way.” – Jen Jost

Jen Jost

After spending 14 years working in higher education, Jen Jost was ready for a change. She needed much more control over her own schedule. She chose to move on from her role as Registrar and Director of Institutional Research at Midland University so she could spend more time with her family and being involved in the community.

Jen loved the technical aspects of her previous career, so she began exploring several code school options in Omaha and Lincoln. Ultimately, she felt unable to devote three months of her life to a full-time code school, so she chose Interface Web School for her education. Jen said, “It was intense, but not all-consuming. I can’t take off three months from life to be completely immersed in code school.”

She took the Java specialization course with instructor Kent Smotherman, which has helped her combine her professional contacts and coding education into a lucrative freelance web development career. “I’m a freelancer and have not been without work. I’m willing to go in different directions with what people need, so I’ll not only make a website, but will manage social media, create videos, run production, publish eBooks, you name it. I’m even traveling to demonstrate a client’s software, and was given a paid ticket to sound boot camp. As I go along, I’m able to earn more. I’d be earning more at a full time job as a web developer, but having control of my schedule is the biggest priority right now, so I’m very happy with freelancing.”

Jen recognizes that while code school may not be the right fit for everyone, she would “recommend it to anyone who is at least a little familiar with coding – enough to know that it’s really something they would like to do day after day. For those who enjoy coding, Interface is definitely worth it. The teaching is excellent, and there are course mentors and career coaches to help along the way.” While she believes freelancing is the best career fit for her, she recognizes that “Interface would have helped [her] land a full-time job if that had been the direction [she] went in.”

Overall, Jen’s experience at Interface was “very positive.” She wants future students to know that like most things in life, “you get what you take out of Interface Web School. You can get as involved in the lessons, assignments, and projects as you want.”