I am 24 years old and I graduated from the University of Winchester with a 1st Class Honours in 2019; having studied Digital Media Development. I am currently working at Aer Studios as a 'Junior Front End Developer' where I am thoroughly enjoying learning exciting new technologies whilst working on varied projects.
From my time studying Digital Media Development at the University of Winchester, I was able to undertake a range of different projects which challenged myself in various ways. To view my work please visit my work page.
Interests and Hobbies
Other than having a strong enthusiasm for website development, I also love playing the drums. I have been drumming for approximately 11 years and have studied up to Grade 5 Rockschool drums, achieving qualifications in grades 1-4. Furthermore, during my time at the University of Winchester, I was a drummer for both a jazz band and a concert band, performing in different types of concerts for the university.
Another aspect I have an interest in is football. Despite not playing for a team, I am a huge Manchester United fan. I love to visit matches at least once a season and when not, I make sure I cheer them on from the sofa.
Main Skills and Areas I have Experimented with
Industry Work Experience and Employment
'Aer Studios', Box
June 2022 - Present (Full-time Employment)
So far, I have mostly enhanced understanding of React and TypeScript as well as getting to grips with development environment setups using Git.
Overall, I have improved front end coding knowledge whilst working within a exciting and evolving company.
'Dentons Digital', Westbury
22nd October 2020 - June 2022 (Work Experience Leading to Full-time Employment)
I have gained in-depth industry experience within a successful digital agency by working on both websites across a broad client base and on an internal project. In return, this has provided diverse work within CMS/eCommerce platforms (mostly WordPress, WooCommerce and Magento 2) and opportunities to boost MVC framework knowledge through PHP concepts and the PHP template engine ‘Smarty’.
Everyday tasks have varied from resolving website bugs and installing/configuring plugins to implementing front-end/back-end amends and Magento 2 builds. Magento 2 builds have involved using a page builder and additional code to replicate created WordPress design concepts. Furthermore, other build tasks have included undertaking CSV imports, establishing shipping, tax and payment methods and undertaking cross-browser/device testing. Throughout, I have also utilised developer tools including SSH/terminal, FTP and database software as well as improving understanding of server tasks such as creating subdomains and using ‘Softaculous’ software to generate test websites.
Overall, I have mainly enhanced WordPress, back-end and problem-solving knowledge whilst also strengthening my skillset with new eCommerce technology know-how.
'OJO Solutions', Bradford-on-Avon
28th October - 29th November 2019 (Work Experience)
12-23 November 2018 (Work Experience)
I undertook many tasks which included making front-end page edits through the use of 'HTML' and 'CSS' and producing a fictitious clients partner page, allowing for filtering of clients by category via the use of 'WordPress'. I also undertook the task of creating a fictitious register and login system, allowing users to create an account as well as being able to log into their account and reset their password if forgotten. The technologies utilised for this were 'PHP', 'WordPress' and 'MySQL'. The final task that I undertook at ‘Coullweb’ was to create a landing page, utilising 'HTML' and 'CSS' to achieve this.
'The ICE Agency', Winchester
8-12 October 2018 (Work Experience)
Following designs provided by the company and demonstrating my approach, I undertook the task of creating both a home page and about page of an existing website. Utilised technologies included 'HTML' and 'CSS' with 'Flexbox' being adopted to help structure sections of each page. Furthermore, 'WordPress' was used to create ‘Page Templates’, allowing for custom-built web pages. The 'WordPress' plugin ‘Advanced Custom Fields’ was also utilised, enabling editing of certain fields on each page. In addition to this, I was introduced to other new areas including 'Gulp JS', 'Bitbucket', 'Sourcetree' and 'Emmet'.
What I'm Currently Doing...
Between graduating from the University of Winchester in 2019 and becoming an employee at Dentons Digital, I occupied my time by undertaking a range of programming activities which can be viewed below.
At the beginning of 2020, I created a 'Codecademy' account, signing up as a 'Pro Member'. I then mostly made progress through the 'Web Development' career path.Read More
Since finishing my degree at the University of Winchester, I either continued existing project work or started new projects to help maintain my skills as a website developer.Read More
In addition to utilising 'Codecademy', I also viewed tutorials on 'YouTube' whilst following along to help enhance my understanding of complex technologies.Read More
Overall, this provided myself with a better understanding of website development as well as being able to introduce myself to languages and technologies I could build upon.
Firstly, I finished creating a re-designed website called 'Home Sweet Home Front' which focuses on the British Home Front during the Second World War.
I also decided to completely redesign my own personal website, ensuring that the appearance was modern and professional whilst also providing a better user experience. This would ultimately help users to discover more about myself both as a developer and as an individual.
Furthermore, I finished a project called 'MyUtd'; a project based around the 'Manchester United' matches I attended at Old Trafford. Main technologies involved were 'React', 'Redux', 'Express' and 'Node JS'.
Finally, I worked on a couple of websites for clients and this work is still ongoing now. One of these is for a charitable organisation called 'The Charitable Foundation for the Education of Nepalese Children'. The other is a new project which will be revealed once completed.
This mostly involved 'Vue.js' and 'React'; connecting front-end applications to back-end technologies. Consequently, I also introduced myself to 'NoSQL Databases' such as 'MongoDB' and 'Firebase'. Furthermore, I experimented independently on some occasions to continue this learning.
Overall, this was beneficial in helping to understand some programming concepts and so therefore, this is something that I will continue to do in the future to improve my skillset as a developer.