I am Nicole, a Web Developer at Temple.
I consider myself a down to earth individual, with an interesting upbringing. I’m in my early 30’s, married with 2 kids, living under the warm African sun, in sunny Durban. Thanks to my father’s career working for the United Nations, I have lived and grown up in multiple countries; Croatia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. I finally moved to sunny Durbs to study and begin my career, where I met my now-husband and settled down.
I have always loved art and design. During my last year of school, I did some research into what possible vocation I could go into with art as my base. I was surprised to find many options, but only one stood out for me, that was graphic design. I studied graphic design and it grew into a love for designing and building websites.
In the Beginning
My digital journey started when we got our first computer. I was 11 years old and was fascinated by how my Dad used it, not only for work presentations, but for personal projects. As soon as my Dad showed me how to use it, I was hooked.
Skills that are needed as a Web Developer
For design, you need to not only have a keen eye for design and layout, but the right tools and you need to know which tools to use when. You also need to know your audience, what kind of people will be visiting a website, to enhance the user experience as much as possible. For development, an understanding of key programming languages is fundamental.
I’ve developed a lot of my skills from continuing my personal development; I prefer on the go learning. I have various mentors who have guided me in growing each of my skills, from client communication, project and time management amongst others.
My average day involves lots of project meetings, communicating with the Temple team as well as clients. I work on various website projects at one time, not only from the beginning of a website build/design, but well after it has been designed, built and approved.
Once a website goes live, it still needs attention with ongoing maintenance and support. Depending on my day, I can go from assisting with project management of a new website, to designing and building websites, to assisting with general maintenance and support.
Give an example of a successful campaign you have had at Temple
Client problem – Client who has a service of selling goods, but needed a simpler, easier way of selling their goods to their customers and getting paid in a timely and simpler manner.
Solution – This client came to Temple with their problem, our suggestion was to build an online e-commerce store which would, in turn, allow them to manage their products, stock and orders, all in one place. The process was simplified for their customers by allowing their customers to browse their in-stock products, place their orders and pay, all in one online shopping experience.
How was it carried out? – The team met with the client; from the project manager, inbound marketing manager and the developer, together they created the e-commerce website from concept, design, build and launch, keeping the client involved every step of the way.
What was the result? – The result was more than the client expected, their customers took to the new website with great excitement. The site has been running now for 2 years and we are currently looking at building a whole new custom solution to help manage the bulk of their sales and better fine-tune their internal processes.
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