Like most millennials, I’m a “digital native”; I grew up around computers, and it’s relatively easy for me to learn a new software program or help a coworker find something on Google. But what sets me apart from my peers is my desire to try new things and help others learn when it comes to working with technology.
I started teaching myself HTML at the age of 11, shortly after helping my mom set up our brand-new computer (with Windows 95!) and going online for the first time. I’m great at bridging that communication gap between how a customer or other non-technical person sees things and what programmers need to know to get the job done. Teaching myself and others the ins and outs of new software tools or business processes is one of my favorite work activities. At the office, I’m frequently called upon as a subject-matter expert when it comes to business software.
My digital skills include:
- Basic HTML and CSS (self-taught, plus training via Girl Develop It)
- Introduction to Ruby (via Gaslight and Skillcrush) and Python (via GDI and self-taught)
- Basic SQL (self-taught and on-the-job training)
- WordPress (self-taught; advanced knowledge in setting up website instances, themes, plugins and analytics; intermediate knowledge of template and design customization)
- Basic Adobe design suite – Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator (college and on-the-job training)
- Advanced social media content creation and marketing – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. (self-taught)
- Intermediate mailing list management and marketing – MailChimp and similar platforms (self-taught)
- Project and business process management software – Basecamp, Teamwork, Jira, Slack, Zendesk, Freshdesk, ProcessMaker, etc. (self-taught and on-the-job training)
- Podcasting – Audacity, Libsyn, RSS feed setup, iTunes publishing, etc. (self-taught)