Michaela has been working as a UI Developer for 3 and a half years. She’s passionate about animation and interactions in web design & development.
What’s the story of your career so far?
It’s been a small mix and a progression. I started out in retail then wanted to move into an office environment so got a job as receptionist which then shifted into a short stint in an HR role. It was during this time that I discovered coding. I knew some developers and remember seeing one of their computer screens and thinking “oooh, what’s that?”, then ended up pretty fascinated by it. Being up for a good challenge, I started to take a few courses during lunch breaks and spare time and built up some skills creating some small projects. I wasn’t sure my skills were good enough to actually get employed as a developer but tried anyway and ended up getting a role as a Web Developer in a company that had an awesome learning environment, perfect for a newbie coder to gain heaps of knowledge. This role included front-end languages, back-end languages, testing, etc and I discovered that I much prefer the front-end work, so I moved to another company as a Front-End Developer where I could focus on those skills. Most recently I started a new job at the start of the pandemic, as a UI developer which is the ideal role for me.
What do you love most about what you do?
I get to experiment a lot with interactions, movement and animations which are really fun to develop, the possibilities feel endless and I hope they are as much fun to view as an end result as they are to work on. The exposure to the design field is awesome too. I love both coding and design and this role allows me to incorporate both interests.
What’s the most important lesson you learned in 2020 amidst all the Covid-19 disruption?
2020 was chock full of lessons and new experiences for people. I feel like a lesson for businesses would be that working from home really works well for a lot of people. Some do prefer an office space though so having both options available to employees is likely to have an extremely good effect on productivity and motivation. Also not having to commute will have made a huge difference to many. Not having that stress of a busy commute to start and end your day is a major win.
As far as you can predict, what’s on the cards this year for you and your business?
There is always room for improvement and knowledge building, so I’d like to do a few courses, pick up some new skills and keep trying to improve.
If you could go back and do it all over again, would you choose a different career path and why?
I mean, if there was the possibility to be more than one person at the same time and have a job in all of the things you are interested in, then I’m sure a bunch of people would sign up for that! However, you have just one life so I will stick with doing what makes me happy at the time. Right now, I love my career and am glad for all the experiences I have had on the way so I wouldn’t change the choice I made to go down this path. I will continue to learn and see what happens in the future.