How a front-end engineering course helped me create more than music: Matt’s story

Matt has been passionate about writing music his entire life. His passion (and talent) eventually led him to a career as a high school band director. But after four years of teaching, Matt wasn’t completely satisfied. He thought going to grad school might help him figure out the next step. “While in grad school, I spent a lot of time considering what it was about music that I really enjoyed,” he said. “I kept coming back to the creative process – the process of creating music just stood out to me.”

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Discovering a passion for programming: Austin’s story

Twenty-three year-old Austin Eady graduated with a major in finance from Clemson University last May. Even before he graduated, he knew finance wasn’t going to lead him to the type of career he wanted. “I’d done a lot of job searching in finance. In general, the field seemed pretty self-serving. It can be very, very lucrative, but it can also be really stressful,” he said. “It wasn’t me. I knew that it just wasn’t me. It wasn’t my personality.”

As graduation approached, a friend told Austin about The Iron Yard. “I’m not really sure why he thought I should be in programming,” he said. “He said, I know you like creativity and you’re a smart guy, so I checked it out.” Austin applied for the course even though he didn’t know exactly what front-end engineering was. “I thought I’d just learn how to make websites. But after going through the application process and starting class, I realized it was so much more than that, and I fell in love with it.” Read More

From Greenville to Germany: A journey from The Iron Yard to IBM Design

Whitney majored in studio art with a specialization in graphic design from the University of South Carolina. After graduation, she worked as a graphic designer for five years and eventually landed a job as as a designer at a technology distribution company. Part of her day-to-day job was to add new content to the company’s massive website. “They were using a CMS, and it was so limiting and frustrating to use,” she said. “The user experience was awful. Everything was ugly, and it was a pain to get things to work how we wanted.” Read More