How I Made It: Levi Strange
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- September 21, 2018
Growing up in Diss, a small town between Ipswich and Norwich (where most people are happy to settle and stay where they are), my main ambition was to get out and move to a big city. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to get out of Diss. During my A-levels, I fell into a part-time sales role which I took up full-time when I left school.
A year and half into sales and I was getting bored. It wasn’t for me and I started to look at how other areas of the business operated like the web developers. I knew that it was an in-demand job market and a lot of the time you didn’t need a whole host of experience; you just needed drive and a real willingness to learn. Ultimately, I needed a skill that would separate myself from other people and give me the best chance to move to London so I started to teach myself the basics of web development in any free time I had.
Over the next few months, I eventually learnt enough to build my own website and felt confident that I’d mastered the coding basics. After seeing how much work I’d put in, an old friend who worked in software development in Canary Wharf had a few months off between jobs and recommended that I move in with him, where he could accelerate my learning and get me to an employable level.
Finally, my web development career began when I landed a role with a huge fashion retailer. I spent a year and a half there and learnt a hell of a lot. Not only from a technical perspective of how to build websites but I also experienced the pressure of working in an environment of a multi-million pound company. Here, my day-to-day consisted of maintaining and managing the e-commerce website and ensuring all new product launches and user journeys ran smoothly.
I’d gone from having no commercial experience to being able to speak confidently about what I was doing. It was at this point that I really wanted to have a more hands on approach and seriously put into practice what I’d been learning for so long.
Having now been at CLICKON for 2 years, I really feel that what I’m doing here matters as we get to work on seriously game-changing projects (watch this space). At some companies, the tech team can be isolated but here we work closely together with every team. I love to chat to people and one day I’d like to be a Chief Tech Officer so I can help people grow, develop their confidence and build people as well as websites and applications.
Ultimately, coding is a really cool art form. If I’ve got an idea and want to make it an application or website, I can go and be really creative and produce that. It may not be the Mona Lisa or playing the guitar, but it’s an art form nonetheless.