Hi! My name is Kevin Wosnitza and I'm a Front-End Web Developer based in London.
I've always been a creative person and have a passion for technologies. I studied Media Production at University, and went on to work in the Media and TV industry for companies including the Telegraph and the BBC.
My career took a different direction, and the last few years I have worked in Marketing. Recently I decided I wanted a change and started to teach myself coding, which lead me to Just IT and enrolling in the Web Developers Programme. This self-funded course has been the first step in my journey towards becoming a front-end developer.
I studied for 3 years at the University of Winchester, and graduated with a 2:1 BA(Hons) Degree in Media Production. During my degree, I learnt how to use the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and Premiere Pro. I was trained as a video editor, director and cameraman on a variety of cameras. I also received a 1st for my dissertation film.
I worked as a Video Editor for the Telegraph. Working on lots of online campaigns for companies including Adobe, Lexus and HP. I edited online videos using Adobe Premier Pro. This involved cutting/editing video and audio files, obtaining soundtrack music, colour grading, and uploding online. I had strict deadlines, and constantly maintained communication with clients to make sure their standards and expectations were met.
I worked in Post-Production for the BBC on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. My main duties were logging all footage, and assisting the editors with their work. This also included suggesting VT ideas for the partner show 'It Takes Two'. I then spent the next couple of years working freelance for various London based companies as a video editor, and occassionally as a camera op on Canon 5Ds or 70Ds.
For the last couple of years I have worked for Kirkland Marketing Ltd, a steel trading company set up by my family. My role includes managing the office, customer service over the phone by talking to clients, and processing orders. At the time it made sense for me to go in this direction, but over the last few months I realised I wanted to get back into a more creative role and environment...
My desire for change and creativity made me discover coding. At first I was only teaching myself online, but once I knew this is what I wanted to pursue, I joined Just IT in the summer of 2017, enrolling in the Web Developers Full-Time intensive course. I knew coding was the career move I wanted make, and so I made the commitment of self-funding this course. Just IT was the perfect place for me to hone my skills by being a hands on intensive training programme, teaching me the fundamentals of both front and back-end.
HTML and CSS are my strongest languages, and the core for me wanting to become a Front-End developer. I'm very confident with HTML as it's the first programming language that I learnt, and therefore the one I have the most experience with for now.
Styling is the most enjoyable part of developing for me, so CSS is my favourite language... even if it can be very frustating at times! My background in design has helped me to understand what I want my page design to look like, and my knowledge of CSS allows me to execute my vision.
Although not a programming language, the Adobe Creative Cloud is what I have the most extensive knowledge and experience with. It's ideal for web design, with programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and even Premiere Pro or After Effects for more video/animation. I've been using a lot of these programmes since university, and throughout my career in creative roles.
I'm new to back-end, and have only really started to scratch the surface with what languages such as C# can do. I've managed to learn a lot in a short space of time, and have had experience making several applications.
Again, ASP.NET is another back-end language I'm learning at the moment. With more back-end experience I plan to one day become a full-stack developer.
Good communication is the key to success. Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of roles, working with various people, and good communication is the most important aspect to ensure everyone is on the same wave length.
All of my roles have required strong organisational skills. I had to be able to juggle many tasks at once, and be able to delegate which tasks were the most important in the time I had.
With any creative role, a keen eye to detail is a must. You have to be aware of every little detail in order to achieve the desired effect that you're after. I'm a perfectionist, and probably spend too much time on every aspect of a project.
Lots of my previous roles in creative fields have required me to problem solve quickly. This is especially true now that I'm coding. With every new idea, comes a new stumbling block, and finding the solution quickly makes life much simpler.