My manager at Web Services, Michael Casadonte, was kind enough to write a letter of recommendation for me, which can be seen here.
Working for CSUSB Web Services
Starting January 2016, I was hired by CSUSB’s Web Services department to aide in the development of the university’s new website build in Drupal.
How It Came to Be
I initially discovered Web Services when a professor was talking to me about a website for the CSUSB Observatory, and I tracked down how to start that project for them. While discussing that project with Web Services, I informed the manager that I had experience in Drupal. He was excited to hear somebody had Drupal experience as they were still new to Drupal themselves, and one thing led to another, and I was hired on as a student assistant.
My first day on the job, I worked with the Web Services manager, introducing me to their platform and showing me the job I was hired to do. It came pretty quickly to me even though they had a bit of a complex system for creating and setting up a new website for one of the offices/departments/etc. I got really comfortable with the process in just a couple weeks, and was even given the task of building out the more elaborate departments (such as Information Technology Services or ITS, responsible for building CSUSB’s new website).>/p>
After about a month or so of strictly being a content editor, I wanted to start venturing into a more technical role on the team. This is when I was first introduced Sass, using Git in the real world (rather than just in classes), setting up back end features in Drupal, and being included in meetings with department or office heads. I was getting a much bigger taste of what it meant to be a web developer, and I loved it!
Accomplishments and Proud Moments
New Hire Trainer
I was the first new hire to the team for the Drupal project. There was one other student assistant when I joined the team, but after about a month, they left and 3 new students were hired on. One of the duties added to my job at that time was to help train the new student assistants.
Perhaps one of my greatest accomplishments during my time at Web Services was being designated as the web form builder. I was the first person to build a form for one of the department websites, and my manager was so impressed with how the logic and design came out he decided I would be in charge of building complex web forms across all CSUSB website.
Sites I Built