Ashley's story: From currency consultant to developer
Ashley Harpp first joined Treehouse while working as a currency consultant at the airport. Feeling she’d reached the peak of that career, she wanted a big change. Ashley always had a fascination for the web and wanted to learn to code. This was the opportunity for her to take the leap and learn the skills she would need to launch a tech career. At the time, Ashley and her husband were expecting their first child. Life was busy and she needed a learning resource that would fit into her schedule. Then Ashley found Treehouse.
Since then, Ashley has worked as a freelancer, a front end developer, launched a web design and development business and is now a proud member of the Wildbit team.
We asked Ashley to share her awesome story with the Treehouse community.
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What first drew you to the web industry?
Good question! Computers have always been fascinating to me. I would always wonder, “how does the computer know to display this image?”, and “how in the world are these animations on this website?”. When I was in high school I took a class on Web Page design and loved it! Around this time, online programs like Treehouse were not available, so I would watch tutorials on Youtube.
If you’re just learning to code, don’t feel overwhelmed. Be comfortable with the fact that you may never know everything. That in itself is the beauty of coding to me.
What were you doing when you first joined Treehouse & what encouraged you to learn with us?
After I became comfortable with HTML and CSS I started doing projects for friends and neighbors for little to no cost, just to gain experience. I learned how to work with clients, and bring ideas to life. Later, I joined forces with my husband, launching our own web design and development business. I landed a contract with a company in the UK as a Front End Developer and that was only the beginning for me.
You’re now working as part of the customer success team at Wildbit. Tell us a little about how your career has evolved since learning with Treehouse and the work you’re doing now.
I’ve always described myself as a lover of people who just so happens to code. I absolutely love working as part of the customer success team. While I like coding, my bread and butter is helping people. It’s been a dream of mine to have a job that allows me to dabble with code and help others at the same time. At Wildbit, I support product 3 products: Beanstalk, DeployBot, and Postmark. My job is to help our customers (generally developers) get the most of our products. My day to day activities may consist of walking someone through how to use Git for the first time, or writing helpful blogs and guides to get our users acquainted with the best development practices. Treehouse has definitely provided a solid foundation for me to continue to do what I love.
Treehouse has definitely provided a solid foundation for me to continue to do what I love.
What has the value of a Treehouse education meant to you?
Treehouse has done so much for me. I’m afraid you won’t fully understand until you give it a shot yourself. I’m still using it to this very day. Granted, I don’t have as much time as I use to. Working a full-time job and having a family is a lot to juggle. But I will never take for granted the knowledge I’ve gained from Treehouse. Treehouse exposed the discipline that I didn’t know I had within. What I learned in a year and a half, I’m convinced I could not have gotten at college. Due to my learning style, and the desire to build my own projects, Treehouse was the best option for me.
What are your plans for the future, and what’s up next on your learning path?
Treehouse exposed the discipline that I didn’t know I had within. What I learned in a year and a half, I’m convinced I could not have gotten at college.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with new students who are just starting to learn to code?
If you’re just learning to code, don’t feel overwhelmed. Be comfortable with the fact that you may never know everything. That in itself is the beauty of coding to me. There are tons of resources, you just have to know how to find them. There are plenty of books, online forums, and programs like Treehouse you can reference if you are ever stuck in a bind. Just keep learning and have fun. Also, there will be at least one moment where you will feel completely frustrated and want to quit. But remember, don’t give up! Use the problems you experience as stepping stones to becoming a better developer.