This past week, we interviewed one of Le Wagon's Part Time alumni, Anthony Calta, who talked with us about his experience learning after work and applying his new skills in his career.
Anthony has been working in the beauty industry for over 10 years. Having collaborated with digital agencies, he realized the importance of understanding tech. He believes it can help him better realize the scope of technical projects and save costs for his company when working with vendors.
Why did you decide to learn code?
I've been working in the beauty industry for years. The industry is considered to be analogue and only recently have we seen digital technology been introduced. For example, using Artificial Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the consumer's buying experience.
I see this trend towards technological innovation happening and I wanted to be apart of it. So I want to use this skill to apply new insights in my job.
What has changed since learning to code?
Having completed the nine-week Part Time Product Development program with Le Wagon, I have become more receptive to tech-related topics. Just today I caught myself reading an article about new trends within programming languages, which I would have never looked at 9 weeks ago.
I've also become more connected with a network of tech professionals in Shenzhen and all over the globe, which has opened up more business opportunities.
What was your experience like learning with Le Wagon?
It was great. Le Wagon is a community of people who are willing to help you to learn.
In the past nine weeks, not only did I learn to code, which I would have never imagined before, but was also surrounded by a great bunch of people who were supportive and helpful throughout the entire process.
The nine weeks went by too fast and I already missed coming to class every week!
How does Le Wagon help you after graduation?
Le Wagon organizes many workshops and events where you can connect with other tech enthusiasts and professionals. The Le Wagon alumni network is also very helpful in sharing job opportunities, tech-related news, and trends in the industry. The community is very active and I'm very happy to be part of it now.