Time for Change

Shireen Pierre has always had a passion for creative endeavours, preferring to explore and hone her talents in areas such as art, graphic design, creative writing, and event management. She is a firm believer in gaining continuous personal and professional growth that is all rounded, well-curated and tailor-made to her interests. 

Shireen Pierre has always had a passion for creative endeavours, preferring to explore and hone her talents in areas such as art, graphic design, creative writing, and event management. She is a firm believer in gaining continuous personal and professional growth that is all rounded, well-curated and tailor-made to her interests.

 

She cites this as the reason she chose to pursue her Associate’s Degree in Journalism and Public Relations, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, and two Certificates in Graphic Design (Level 1 and Level 2). While studying at college, she was given the opportunity to delve into new areas such as photography, social media management, advertising and marketing. These experiences of juggling various skills have fueled her love for life-long learning, challenging pursuits and strengthening her existing skill-base. 


Web Development was the one area that Shireen had not been afforded the chance to explore and, though it had long interested her, she had been concerned that it would not be a good fit. She doubted that her more creative mind would be able to keep up with the rigour and strict nature of such heavily logic-based skills that required keen, problem-solving abilities.


Shireen quickly discovered that there was a great deal of overlap between what she knew and what she was learning with The Weekend Hack. Coding, much like art and graphic design, required her to start with a blank slate and craft something out of nothing, ending with finished products and designs she could be proud of. Within three months she was able to perfectly replicate the look and feel of several existing websites from scratch using HTML5, CSS3 and Vanilla JavaScript. This was made easier as the programme started by teaching her front-end web development which tapped into familiar, creative concepts while helping her to build her logic and problem-solving abilities. It eased her transition into the back-end web development considerably which made it less overwhelming than it may have been had there not been carefully structured building blocks in play. 


In seven months Shireen went from having no knowledge about programming or information technology to being able to create websites and web applications using Vanilla technologies, utilise advanced concepts, create a database from the ground up, and have a fair grasp of industry standards, jargon, history and best practices.