Alumni Stories

Nikolay Shiplin

Web Design & Interactive Media

Web Developer for i-Tul Design & Software
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Nikolay Shiplin

[The] faculty trained us to be ready for entry-level web development, which gave me the comprehension of markup languages and basic knowledge of programming. I was confident when applying for jobs that I knew my trade. Nikolay Shiplin , Web Developer for i-Tul Design & Software Bachelors of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2013 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Nikolay Shiplin is a web developer for i-Tul Design & Software, a web design company based in California. He’s responsible for web page development, code maintenance, phone support, and client training. Nikolay says that every day begins with coffee. He then moves on to tasks including code fixes, troubleshooting errors, site building and maintenance, server-side settings, site security hardening, speed optimization, search engine optimization, email support, and client support.

“When choosing a professional trade, make sure you absolutely love it,” he says. Nikolay adds that when work or school is very demanding, it’s important to remember why you chose to work in web design. “In my profession, I always have to learn new things and if I stop, I will fall behind and become obsolete. I love it. Just keep pushing.”

Nikolay says that he brings a positive attitude into the workplace and 101% dedication. He mentions that he also spends a significant amount of time outside of work reading documentation and watching online tutorials. “It takes more than just showing up to work; web development is a lifestyle.”

He describes a challenge in his first job, when he was asked to perform tasks that he hadn’t yet received educational training for. “This was at times frustrating and somewhat scary, as I wanted to keep my job in order to provide for my family. My employer later told me that I barely made it in his eyes at times, but he was patient enough to give me time to develop. I had to learn a list of skills, languages, and overcome technical knowledge obstacles.” Once he was comfortable with the first level of programs, he was challenged to try the next level. “This took about a year and half of extremely hard work. Nothing motivates better than bills, I have a passion for paying bills, I guess.”

Nikolay’s workplace is a creative environment where employees receive support from their employer. “I always feel that my employer will side with us (developers and designers). This supports the creative in all of us, since we can concentrate on the process and not worry about job security over customer whims.” He says that the company does not require employees to punch a timeclock, allowing him freedom in his schedule.

“Artists are not machines who can work like robots. [At my workplace], we have time and space to switch gears and relax. Our work provides a playroom with games and snacks. This makes the office into a much more friendly space [than a more corporate environment].”

Nikolay, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Web Site Development from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that his classes indesign theory, typography, and artist training provided strong preparation for his career. “[The] faculty trained us to be ready for entry-level web development, which gave me the comprehension of markup languages and basic knowledge of programming. I was confident when applying for jobs that I knew my trade.” His ultimate goal is to one day own his own company. ”The business side of things brings its own challenges, as I am learning now that I am starting to build my own company. I am a professional. I am a business man now.”