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My First Step to Become a Front-End Engineer

Hello! Thank you for reading my post:)

My name is Yuki. I’m from Japan and currently living in Vancouver, Canada. In this post, I’d like to write a little about my background and my future goals.

About Myself

I have worked as a cloud engineer for over 4 years since graduating from university and am currently enrolled in the web development program at Cornerstone International Community College. In university, I majored in English Literature and Media Studies and also studied Japanese Language Education as a minor. Computer science is a completely different field, isn't it? Some of you may be wondering why I worked as a cloud engineer.

When I was a junior in uni, I went to Australia on a working holiday. I met many people there, and among them were IT engineers. I had never met an engineer before, so their stories were fresh and interesting. They really enjoyed their work and were proud of it. That made them very attractive. Also, ever since I was a child, I have loved to create, make and build things. So I decided to study HTML and CSS on my own. At first it was difficult because there were so many things I didn't understand, but as I was able to do more things, it became more interesting.

After graduating from university, I started working for a Tokyo-based company that developed web systems for clients, and was assigned to the infrastructure department. My primary responsibilities included setting up the AWS environment, monitoring logs and alerts, and designing the security architecture for various business needs. I really enjoyed working "behind the scenes" supporting web systems because it was really rewarding work. However, the more I wrote code to automate operations in Python and infrastructure code in IaC tools, the more I wanted to learn about front-end.

I also wanted to live in a different country and challenge myself. So I decided to come to Canada to learn web development. Two birds with one stone, don't you think?

My Goal

First of all, I want to graduate from the college successfully and find a job as a front-end engineer who can provide satisfactory user experiences and solve clients' problems. As I write this article, I have just finished the first week of the course. During this week, we learned the basics such as computer hardware and networking. It was very interesting to learn some of the parts I knew from my previous job in English. I am satisfied that the teacher in my class is very attentive to the students and explains things in a way that is easy to understand. My classmates are really kind and enthusiastic and I am happy to be one of them.

In the web development course, I hope to deepen my understanding of the areas I have studied on my own and want to catch up on new technologies, as well as collaborate and grow together with my classmates from different backgrounds. I also want to improve my communication skills in addition to my coding and design skills, as I believe that cooperation is necessary to become a good engineer.

Aside from web development, I like eating, jogging, collecting sounds to make music, and watching Cirque du Soleil shows. Since Canada has people from various cultures, rich nature, and Quebec, the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, I would like to enjoy experiences that can only be had in Canada! 
(It would be super fun to mix what I like and web development to create something!)

I know there will be many challenges in becoming a front-end engineer, but I will work towards my goal and enjoy learning! I will be posting on my blog about the traces of trial and error and what I have learned, so please watch my progress :)
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