A New Journey
Times are such, it's long over due that I take the plunge...Suffice it to say, I'm all in on becoming a web designer.
I've been a legal secretary for over 20 years. Working mainly in big law — assisting across several practice areas. Having the great fortune to assist legal professionials from 1st year assocciates to managing partners in litigation, corporate and general practice. It's been a most enjoyable career. However, all good things come to an end. And the mess of COVID‐19 was not the beginning of the decline of the legal secretary. In 2013, separated from employment I thought was going to last until retirement, my pursuit of a new vocation started. I found MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and begin training in web design/front-end development, finding I had a real passion for buidling websites. 7 years later, I...
I've built projects using WordPress and maintain the bulk of my own online presence through it. Customizing themes is one of my favorite things to do. I love the challenge and have experience with Web Builders (.i.e., Weebly, Wix) as well as E-commerce Builders (Shopify, Bigcommerce and Woocommerce).
My administrative skills are still intact as well. I'm MOS Certified, I have the ability to create complex (or simple) formulas in Excel and love making PowerPower presentations look like movies. Used MOOcs to study marketing and business accounting. I haven't left being an administrative assistant. It's the opportunties that are quite slim. So now I am embarking on a new career. Let the web designer in me live. And hoo, I think this about sums up my career history. Let's move on to more pertinent information.
If you came here expecting to see the resume of a legal secretary, please go here.
I've earned several online certificates from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It's been MOOC heaven for me...When I first started learning online, I used Coursera almost exclusively. They charge a fee for their courses now. The fee is reasonable and the certifications are recognized in the business community. Which means business takes Coursera certifications seriously. I've earned certificates in the fields and MOOCs listed below. View my certifications here.
- Marketing — Coursera;
- Business Finance — Coursera;
- Project Management — Alison;
- Google Analytics (last cerftified in 2019) — Google Skillshop;
- CSS Essentials 1, 2 and 3 – October 2017 — LinkedIn Learning;
- Responsive Web Design — FreeCodeCamp and
- MOS 2016 Certified — Microsoft Learning.
- Proficient use of CSS and HTML
- Divi (by Elegant Themes) — Premium WordPress theme
- WordPress.org, WordPress.com, WordPress Free and Premium themes
- Website Builder Customization
- E-commerce Builder Customization
- Responsive Design
- Cross-Browser Support and Accessiblity Guidlines
- HTML Semantics
- Mock-ups - Adobe XD
- Visual Studio Code — Primary Code Editor
- Online Project Management and Meeting Apps
- Developer Tools
- CSS Frameworks (i.e., Flexbox, CSS Grid)
- Adobe Cloud
Tools of the Trade
I'm building my Portfolio one sample at a time. Best place to start is in the beginning. This is considered my beginning. Included below are a few handy samples of my work with a quick link to the project. As I build and re-design, not only my career — but my entire online presence, I hope these samples are sufficient enough to show my skills and talents. Follow this link to see more samples of my work.
Free Code Camp Assignments
Sided Fixed Header
Full View Header
Man With A Van - Home
Man With A Van - Pricing
Man With A Van - 1 Page Site