How I took advantage of the lockdown to turn a hobby into a skill

About the author: Sumit Kumar, a recent graduate in civil engineering from Ambedkar University, Lucknow, shares how he explored his interest in web development with an online training.

Although I am passionate about civil engineering, I have always had a keen interest in digital technology. So, when my exams got delayed due to lockdown, I had just enough time on my hands to learn about building web pages. I wanted to explore the A-Z of web pages including how they create a good user experience. One day, while scrolling through Internshala’s app, I saw a discount on Internshala Trainings, and I immediately decided to enrol in the web development training. 

The training was divided into four parts – HTML, Bootstrap, MySQL, and PHP. Although the entire training was engaging, I found myself most engrossed in the PHP module. I had to write code that would respond to every command of users, which involved a lot of decision-making and writing backend code that I found challenging as well as fulfilling. It boosted my confidence as a programmer because I started believing that if I can imagine something, I can make it happen as well. 

During the training, we were given different assignments to create web pages. To do that efficiently and to learn new things, I used to inspect codes of different websites that I visited and tried to implement some ideas such as carousel display and creative sign-up pages. This helped me evaluate if I had understood the modules well. If I had any doubts, I could easily get in touch with the teachers, which encouraged me to try new things. While I was experimenting with different features, I was also thinking about how to make my final project stand out. While going through the discussion forum, I realised that most students were making a website for an imaginary store. Around the same time, I came across this show called Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma, and I imagined a scenario where Jethalal moves his business online. So, I decided to create a website for Gada Electronics!

 

My earlier stint as a content writer had taught me that practice makes perfect. So, when I completed the web development training, I ensured that I kept practising so that I could become proficient in it. Initially, I worked on replicating existing websites by analysing their features and writing code for the same. Once I had successfully replicated a few websites, I realised that I had three skills that are required to run a website – creating content, designing a website, and driving traffic with SEO. So, I started working on creating one, and it’s currently underway. I want to run a website where I simplify the technical jargon used by brands so that they can make more informed decisions.

Are you in awe of beautiful websites too, and would like to create your own? Then, check out Internshala’s Web Development training and get started! You can use coupon code BLOG10 to get a discount of 10%.

2 thoughts on “How I took advantage of the lockdown to turn a hobby into a skill

  • October 22, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Such fake writing. Oh, God! Internshala needs to improve its marketing. Ask me for better suggestions, haha.

    Reply
    • October 22, 2020 at 6:26 PM

      Hi Ayush,

      We are hiring for the marketing role. You could apply :)

      Thanks

      Reply

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