An interview with Greg, who owns a freelance Web design business and completed the Web Site Designer Program at Florida Career College.
Q: Why did you decide to get this type of training?
A: I have always had an interest in computers and technology, but I also wanted to have my own business. I suppose you can say I am not someone who likes to work for other people. So, I was looking for a way to have a work from home career that would allow me to be my own boss while doing something that I like to do.
Q: What is your current career?
A: I am currently building up my own web design company. It is kind of difficult because there are a lot of other people out there who are also trying to start their own work from home businesses. Competing against people from countries with a lower cost of living makes it difficult to command the rates I think I deserve. Things are still in the early stage, but I think I will be able to get this business off the ground.
Q: How did your training help you get into this career?
A: Since I am still in the early stages of building up my business, I think it is difficult to say. Still, I really feel like the training is going to help me. Not only has it taught me some of the tricks of the trade, it also looks good on my resume when I am competing with other people for a job. I think the training helps make me stand out from other people in the business because many people who are trying to start web design businesses don’t actually have training in the area.
Q: How would things be different for you if you hadn’t received this training?
A: The program really provided me with a lot of great resources and information that has helped me hone my craft. I already knew some things about web design before I enrolled in the program, but it helped take things further. If I hadn’t enrolled in the program, I am sure I would have continued to learn things on my own, but it would have taken me a lot longer to get to the point that I am today.
Q: Were you happy with the training that you received?
A: Yes. The teachers were helpful and knowledgeable.
Q: What was your favorite class?
A: I would have to say that the graphics and animation classes were the most fun. You can really do a lot of cool things where that is concerned.
Q: What class do you think was the most useful?
A: Definitely the programming classes. I had taught myself some of that information, but the classes helped fill in the gaps in my knowledge and helped me learn how to do it more efficiently.
Q: How long did it take you to complete the program?
A: About a year.
Q: How much did it cost for you to complete the program?
A: Wow. That is difficult for me to say. I got some financial assistance to help me with the cost and I didn’t really keep track of all of the expenses. I would say my total personal costs were around $2,000.
Q: Did you go to school on a full-time or part-time basis? What was it like? What kind of hours did you attend?
A: I went full time, which really wasn’t too bad because I was using the skills I gained to work toward building up my business. So, I wasn’t trying to balance a day job while going to school, it was more like I was building my business as part of my homework.
Q: Would you recommend this school to someone else? Why or why not?
A: Yes, I would. I found the coursework to be very helpful and the teachers really knew what they were talking about.
Q: If you could do it all over again, would you?
A: Yes. I am confident that the time I took to complete the program will really pay off in the end.
Q: What was the most difficult part of the program for you?
A: That’s hard to say. I didn’t find anything to be particularly difficult because I really enjoyed what I was learning. I suppose dealing with my impatience was the most difficult part. I just wanted to be done so I could focus completely on getting my business going.
Q: About how many other students were in your classes?
A: I don’t think there were ever any more than 20 students in any of my classes.
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