Marcus Dent isn’t your typical Designation alum. Coming off a financial background, he came to Designation with the goal of learning more about design and technology. Fortunately, he landed a job in New York City right after graduating at web development agency Jobsity.
Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I just started a job in New York City as the Business Development Manager at Jobsity, a web development agency.
How would you describe the Designation experience?
The Designation experience is incredible, unique, and fast-paced. It is unlike any “school” I have ever attended and is the epitome of the phrase “learning by doing”.
What was the most interesting or useful thing you learned during the cohort?
The whole process that goes into creating these digital products. Whether a client wants to make an app, a website, or a unique information system, there is a process involved that requires multiple teams of people who know how to communicate effectively and pivot on a dime out of nowhere. Getting to know and better understand how this process works has really helped me out immensely since I left Chicago.
What are the people at Designation like (including staff, instructor and fellow students)?
The best way to describe everyone at Designation — from the staff and instructors to the students — is that they are a collective of people who are not content with the traditional ways of doing things. Everyone is trying to carve their own path and they refuse to settle for the easy route.
“Designation is unlike any “school” I have ever attended and is the epitome of the phrase “learning by doing.”
What were you doing before you came to Designation?
I was working a cube job as a Portfolio Analyst for an asset management firm in Chicago. Basically, crushing Excel spreadsheets and talking to people who ran investment funds.
How did you hear about Designation, and why did you decide to come?
At first, I heard via word of mouth from friends in the Chicago area. I actually met two of the founders through a lacrosse company they had worked for a year before starting Designation. I remember how motivating and forward thinking they were and thought it was definitely worth exploring the bootcamp. Went to the website and was immediately sold.
Tell us a little bit about your new job!
The new gig has been pretty awesome so far. Up until this point, Jobsity has only had offices in Ecuador and within the last year the CEO decided to expand into NYC. Our developers have worked on some big projects including the official websites for the Sochi Winter Olympics and the Golf Channel. My job is to find new projects for our developers to build from scratch.
“Immerse yourself, and if you genuinely have a passion for the digital space you will be fine.”
How did Designation help prepare you for your new role?
I definitely would not have been considered for the job I currently have without my Designation experience. I’m pretty sure I would have absolutely no idea what anyone was talking about either. Again, understanding the nuances of the digital design process from UX research all the way to back end development has been extremely beneficial for me.
What was your favorite part of the Designation experience?
The people. Everyone brings a unique vibe and background, and it creates an environment in which people with very different experiences are willing to take what they have learned from those experiences and share it with the rest of the cohort. Also, I really liked when startups, designers, and established tech companies would come in and tell us about their experiences. Those were always eye opening.
“I definitely would not have been considered for the job I currently have without my Designation experience.”
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the industry?
Don’t be intimidated. It can all seem daunting when you’re looking at it from the outside, but if you immerse yourself and if you genuinely have a passion for the digital space you will be fine. I’m a huge fan of “Baptism by Fire” and that’s exactly what the Designation experience is.