Derek Fogge - former student now mentor - talks with Bracha

I really believe in the mission of Thinkful. I’m not sure if you know but I took the FEWD course about a year ago and it completely changed my life! I love that I have the opportunity to give back any way I can.

A little over a year ago I was feeling stuck, working as a designer at a traditional ad agency mostly working on print. I did get to build some sites but their idea of digital was mostly banner ads and things like that. One year later I’m working at Mint Digital working on apps and websites every single day.

It’s funny I knew a lot more than I thought I did. Talking to my mentor Frank just confirmed that I was on the right track with a lot of it, and also helped guide me further. Really boosted my confidence which is what I needed after 7 years working on boring print campaigns…

Before Thinkful I took classes at SVA and FIT, but that one on one mentoring is what people really need to get to the next level in my experience. In a classroom people are afraid to ask dumb questions, and the pace of the class is never exactly right.