Brielle Buntin is a student at William Jewell College who has followed her own advice to girls thinking about tech or computer science as a career option.
“Keep working towards your goal,” Brielle advises. “Get as much experience as you can, whether in an internship or on your own time. There are lots of places to learn to code online--you can even practice with existing website codes.”
Brielle, who has a paid internship with On Tap, is pursuing a degree in Interactive Digital Media. She gained much of her coding knowledge and art education on her own time.
“I’ve always loved messing with website codes, playing with color schemes and organizing information,” she says. “Web design brings together my art and coding skills, and sometimes even my writing, allowing me to do the activities I enjoy to help others display their businesses and missions on the internet.”
After graduation, Brielle plans to continue her work in web design.
“I enjoy almost every aspect of the job and love that the end result is displayed on the internet for anyone to see,” she says. “I adore my current internship, not only because I’m held to most of the same standards as full-time employees, but because the work is enjoyable and my boss is a fantastic mentor.”
Brielle notes that working in tech may not be as “technical” as some may think.
“You don’t necessarily have to work with complicated codes and scripts,” she says. “Once you understand the basics of the language you want to learn, you can design websites from templates or using tools offered by web hosts.”