A degree in Web Design speaks your language

Brisbane

16 Dec 2016

kelsey HERO

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Dec

A degree in Web Design speaks your language

16 Dec 2016

Since she was a child, Kelsey-Lee Stay has been coding. From an early age she was passionate about art and technology and spent all her free time creating digital projects with Photoshop, HTML & CSS for fun!

It was that very passion that lead Kelsey-Lee to the campuses of Facebook, Google, Apple and Twitter when she was selected by Steve Baxter (Entrepreneur, investor, and Shark Tank investor) to take part in the inaugural Startup Catalyst mission to Silicon Valley. Her team scored first place at the Startup Weekend where they competed against employees from Microsoft, Oracle and many other notable companies.

"Nearing the end of high school I thought, 'Why not spend my time and make a living doing the things that I love most?' This was the turning point where I realised my next step was to study web development" - Kelsey-Lee Stay, SAE Brisbane graduate.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Media (Interactive Media) from SAE Brisbane, Kelsey-Lee ventured into a UX/UI design and development role with a digital marketing agency working across a range of advertising campaigns.

"SAE introduced me to the world of server-side programming and provided me with the knowledge I needed to transition from web designer to software developer. My studies allowed me to try new mediums and provided core skills that have helped me succeed in both my personal and professional projects."

The young designer recently returned to Australia after a trip through Europe exploring the startup scenes and making connections with entrepreneurs across the continent.

Kelsey-Lee Stay

Now back on home soil more than 14-years experience developing web and mobile platforms - Kelsey-Lee works as a designer and full-stack developer with a variety of companies on a range of large-scale web and mobile projects. She's also the founder of her own tech startup business that develops software to solve problems encountered by job seekers looking to get ahead in their career.

What inspired you to enter into the career you're in?

I've always been fascinated with art and technology. I haven't stopped creating things since my first encounter with design and coding software when I was a child. So I thought, why not spend my time making a living doing the two things that I love most?!

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?

Studying at SAE was the first time I met people like me who could code. We all shared similar interests, it was nice being part of a tight-knit community. You'll always have something in common with anyone you come across at SAE.

Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?

SAE introduced me to the world of server-side programming, providing the knowledge I needed to transition from a web designer to a software developer. While I furthered my technical abilities, I was also able to expand on my creative skill-set. My studies allowed me to try new mediums and provided core skills that have helped me succeed in both my personal and professional projects.

What are your career highlights?

In 2014, I was selected by Steve Baxter to take part in the inaugural Startup Catalyst mission to Silicon Valley. I visited the campuses of Facebook, Google, Apple and Twitter among others, meeting with technical and business leaders at each. That was pretty awesome!

What projects have you worked on, and which one are you most proud of? What did you produce in this project?

Previously I was working as a Ruby on Rails developer and UX/UI designer at Cohort Solutions, where I was part of a team that designs and builds software for international students, agents and education providers. I've also worked as a graphic designer and web developer on a range of advertising campaigns at Inhale Digital Marketing. In my spare time I have also enjoyed working on some more artistic projects including designing a range of book covers for The Opal Ridge Series authored by Victoria Capper, amongst a portfolio of other projects. These included the design and development of a secure film script submission service, design of a mobile application that reminds people to make healthier choices when finding a place to eat, and using the TANDA API to develop an automatic rostering system.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

I've recently returned to Australia after a four-month long trip through Europe to explore the startup scenes and make connections with entrepreneurs across the continent. Now back home I'm working with a variety of companies on a range of large scale web and mobile projects, and lending my skills to assist entrepreneurs in getting their own businesses started. I'm also running regular workshops teaching HTML & CSS at high schools and within the wider community to enable and encourage more people to learn how to code. My main focus at the moment though is my own tech startup.

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?

One of the keys things I've learnt is knowing the right people opens doors to opportunities that you would have never thought possible. You can be the best at what you do, but people need to know who you are, to give you the opportunity to prove yourself.

Work smart, keep learning and get out there and make those connections!


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