Student Spotlight: Jamey Jones, a copywriter who launched a new site with “Zilch” coding experience before the course
Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamey Jones.
Occasionally we love to share the web design journeys of our students because, although our site might be jam-packed with testimonials that make would make any business owner blush with pride, we feel it’s important to share more intimate details about our students’ before and after experience with the course. While the learning outcomes may be similar, their individual expertise and their career paths leading up to the course are unique and varied – but oh so relatable to so many of us. Krista and I included.
Let’s get to know Jamey!
Jamey is determined, inquisitive, and has a way with words, and fortunately for everyone who has the honor of working with her, she is a copywriter.
One of the things we admire about Jamey is her dedication to learning web development despite having no prior experience with it. She joined the course to work on her own website because she loves to have the satisfaction of knowing she was able to build it herself. She has plans to build another site for her side passion, yoga. She’s on a roll.
After witnessing first-hand that she is an incredible wordsmith, we reached out to Jamey to help us with some of our copywriting. The first time Jamey sent me a first draft, I nearly cried. Seriously. Jamey magically crafted my story and my ideas in a way I had wrestled with for years. It was enlightening and an absolute relief to have someone genuinely help with writing beautiful, fascinating copy.
Let’s hear more about Jamey’s journey to be a web designer…
How did you get interested in designing and/or developing websites?
I first joined Girl’s Guide course and then the Support School, and now the Beauty School because I wanted to learn to design my own websites. I don’t intend for web design to be my career (at least not at this point), but I love knowing how my site works and being able to say, “I did that.” And being able to make changes when I want to — on my own terms.
Can you describe your design and/or development skills BEFORE you started this course?
Absolutely none. Zilch. Nada.
Can you recall what you were struggling with?
It actually hadn’t occurred to me to design my own site until I came across the course. But once the idea was planted in my head that I could do it myself, I was excited.
What is the #1 result you saw as a result of this participating in this course?
That I am capable of far more than I realized. Although I wouldn’t call coding “easy,” I have learned a lot and find that, often, I am able to use what I have learned in other contexts. That always feels good — when I can figure something out on my own without having to ask for help.
What are three other benefits you received?
I have the freedom to design my site the way I want it without having to pay someone every time I need to make a change. I have a community of women to cheer me on and support me when I get stuck (in the Support School). And I have acquired a whole new skill that I would have never otherwise tackled if it weren’t for this school.
What are you doing now that you didn’t know how to do before you took the course?
All of it. Building a site from start to finish. Wow! It’s almost hard to believe.
Can you describe your current work situation? How do you balance it with “life”?
I recently moved from the corporate world to working for myself from home. I now rely on connecting with clients via an online presence. I balance this work with family time and me time, along with teaching yoga a couple times a week.
How has your attitude and perspective shifted as a result of the course?
I feel more empowered to take on technology when it at times seemed a bit daunting in the past. I feel empowered.
What’s coming up next for you? Are there any projects you’d like to share with us?
I just recently launched my new website. Feeling like a proud mama.
Who do you work best with?
People who are enthusiastic about their work — about making a real difference in the lives of those people they serve. I find those people to be easy to get along with.
What’s the best compliment you’ve received to date about your work?
Probably this one: “The writing Jamey does for me sounds as though it is coming from me.” That is always the goal.
We LOVE that you’ve been a huge supporter of Web Designer Beauty School since it began and have been a part of our world for a lot longer than that. What is it that you love about our community?
I came to this course with no web design knowledge whatsoever. Sometimes I ask really basic questions in the Support School. Whenever I am stuck, I always get a clear, nonjudgmental, very helpful response from Katy and Krista. They are amazing.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in web design?
If I can do it, so can you. Do the work. Follow along carefully. Practice, practice, practice.