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A blog to detail my work at QU.

Starting a Journey

Posted By admin on September 3, 2009

It has been many years since I graduated from college the first time.  I won’t say how many here, but I have never been one to shy away from answering the “age” question.  I am starting to get why some people are sensitive about it, and have joked that going back to school subtracts 10-years from my age.

I am pursuing a graduate degree in Interactive Communications (ICM) at Quinnipiac University.  I first heard about this program from my boss who is enrolled.  Before this program, I had only taken one day-long Photoshop course and a couple online free or next-to-free courses.  Everything else I know is self taught.  I learned HTML from a book (okay, it seemed really easy, but still self taught.)  I have used several Content Management Systems (CMS) and Dreamweaver throughout the 10ish years I have been updating websites.  Most of that time I was working in broadcasting.

The problem with WYSIWYGs is that now anyone can create a website.  I appreciate that it is great for the everyday person, especially the small business owner, to be able to create sites on their own.  (I cannot tell you how many times I Google businesses I frequent.  Everyone should be on the web!) But the WYSIWYG also is taking jobs (and the mystery) away from content managers like me.  That is why I am pursuing this degree.  I am hoping what I learn helps me in my current job (not in broadcasting) and positions me for future growth.  For me that will be money and time well spent.

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3 Responses to “Starting a Journey”

  1. Alex H. says:

    As someone who is perpetually in college, I’m sorry to inform you that it does not take the years off. On the contrary, each year the people around me seem to remain roughly the same age, while I am older.

  2. Mohammed says:

    Hello Laurie,
    I always whish that I have this ability “self taught”. Throughout the last five years, I was thinking to do my master degree on-line, but I couldn’t do it, because I believe that the traditional school style is the best way to learn. I wish you the best in your life.

  3. Jackie says:

    Mohammed is right, just because you have been out of a classroom for a while, it definitely doesn’t hurt you! I have been in college for the last four years and there is no way that I am more prepared for this class and program than someone who has work experience!