To answer this question we will have to go back to when I was a senior in high school (2002 seems like a long time ago) and was able to take a bunch of electives that year. I took Visual Basic, Web Design/Development, and Digital Design classes and loved every second of them. Upon graduating high school, my parents, of course being from the baby boomer generation, basically told me that I was going to college and that I needed to pick a major (liberal arts not being an option, LOL). So I went to my local community college (Brookdale Community College represent!) and decided to start my track in Criminal Justice. I chose Criminal Justice because I always loved watching crime dramas on tv and figuring out the end result before the end of the episode (like a mini Columbo). Once I graduated from college with an AAS in Criminal Justice I realized that becoming a police officer was just not in the cards for me.
“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”
-John C. Maxwell
So, I went back to what I loved during my senior year in high school and enrolled in technical school to work in the field of Graphic/Web Design and Development. Unfortunately after successfully working in the field for over fifteen years, I hit a road block in my career. This is when I realized that something needed to change and the only person who could take charge of that change was ME!
“The 3 C’s of Life are Choices, Chances, Changes. You Must Make a Choice To Take a Chance or Your Life Will Never Change.”
The question that needed answering was what should change. Reflecting back to my high school years, I thought “what can I do for a career that allows me to be a little bit of a detective (fixing errors in code), a developer (coding apps, software and websites) and a designer (building the front end of apps, software and websites)?” The answer is was simple. Software Engineering!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Taking a massive leap of faith, I decided to further my education which required me to quit my full-time job, borrow money from my parents and believe in myself. To this point I have been comfortable complacent in my career. However, the fear of taking this risk is heavily outweighed by the benefits of what my future will hold. Software Engineering will allow me to have a career I enjoy and the work/life balance I so desperately crave.
“Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worth the trip.”
My name is Justin Pierce and I am a web and graphic designer with over 15 years of experience in the field. I completed my schooling at the Chubb Institute (now Anthem College) in North Brunswick, NJ. My time working with web design consists of a strong focus on small to medium business websites, e-mail marketing, WordPress, and e-commerce shopping carts. My graphic experience includes design of large window displays, small to medium sized billboards, trade show graphics, business cards, brochures, sell sheets, and postcards. I am also currently enrolled in the Flatiron School Online Software Engineering program that I will graduate from in mid June!