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After many months of classes in html, Photoshop and graphic concepts, I started looking for
intern work in order to start using my new skills and learn about the web business. I
became an intern for a local company, working on a prototype site for a client. It was
free training and I was paid nothing for traveling to meetings and working on the site.
If it sold I might receive part of the profit. This process involved learning a wiziwig
editor that the company used for all its web site construction. After working for a few
months and being told by the company owner that there was a big learning curve in learning
the editor (he was never able to teach me, he just knew how he could make it work), I
suddenly stopped getting answers to my last two e-mails. Yep, I was dropped, never found
out why, not even a "no thanks" or anything. Unfortunately I had finally figured
out how the editor worked and had succeeded in producing the effects the owner wanted.
Next I was hired for "contract work" through a company in another state. This
part-time position became the owner calling me six to seven days a week at all hours,
whenever it worked for him. Fine, I thought, hey gotta do it. I worked on a prototype
navigational topframe for one of his sites. I also created original graphics for the
prototype, logos and buttons, created the html and even was told part of my duties would
be to do maintenance on the various sites. I was supposed to fix code in pages already
made with MS FrontPage. And I was to touch up and fix graphics from other sites that
needed improvement. This meant using quite a bit of my PhotoShop skills.
The owner kept changing what he wanted for the navigational page, which I gladly did.
After a year of classes, hard work and learning all I could about the web, I'm now working for a well-known company in their web department! I'll share my experiences as I learn more about what it's like doing the "real thing." Believe in yourself...it happened for me.
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