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Elizabeth Messick

Elizabeth Messick


West Hollywood, CA USA

"Web development is hard, tedious, and will make you feel stupid, but keep doing it because everyone feels this way!"

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Elizabeth's work combines: Technology, Design, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Front-End Web Developer

I build the front-end of financial apps

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Fountain Valley High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Communication Studies

    California State University, Long

  • Certification

    Full-Stack Web Development

    General Assembly

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Web and Digital Interface Designers:

Bachelor's Degree: Communication Studies

Certification: Full-Stack Web Development

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I was a poor magician/musician taking a bunch of side gigs to barley scrape by.

  • 2.

    I looked into changing my career path completely.

  • 3.

    I discovered coding bootcamps and signed up for one.

  • 4.

    I did 40 hours or prerequisite courses.

  • 5.

    I was in the bootcamp for 12 weeks straight at 70 hours a week and cried 19 times. I wanted to quit every single day.

  • 6.

    I graduated bootcamp and was left with a $23k loan and no job. Now comes the job hunt.

  • 7.

    I found a job and now I'm struggling to show my worth every day.

  • 8.

    I feel comfortable with where I'm at and am ready and willing to learn every day.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    Web Development is hard, tedious, and will make you feel stupid. It's not for everyone.

  • How I responded:

    Web Development is hard, tedious, and will make you feel stupid. Keep doing it because everyone feels this way! It will get easier and it's worth it! Don't give up!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I took out a $23k loan and am slowly paying it back with the job I got after finishing my bootcamp.