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Fast paced, smaller class sizes, variety of briefs. To have that educational model while also demonstrating some high caliber student work was—and continues to be—inspiring.

Designer, GoFundMe

Braden Floris

Why did you decide to study at Shillington?

As I was working as a designer for the hockey team, I became incredibly interested in graphic design for a career. I picked up a copy of Computer Arts when I was travelling and came across an advertisement for Shillington. After doing a bit of research, it seemed that Shillington’s strengths mapped closely to what I liked about the role I was in. Fast paced, smaller class sizes, variety of briefs. To have that educational model while also demonstrating some high caliber student work was—and continues to be—inspiring.

How did you land a job at GoFundMe? Tell us about the interview and hiring process.

I love what GoFundMe is doing to allow people to get the financial help they need, faster. There are a lot of success stories on the platform, absolutely, but my motivation was more inspired towards the unsuccessful ones. I wanted to be part of the conversation that started with “How can design help more people access the help they need?”. So for one weekend I naively redesigned GoFundMe and sent it to the CEO, just guessing his email address. I framed it as, “Hey, I want to work at GoFundMe, but I know I’m not ready, what advice can you give me about my work so I can improve?”. The next week I was interviewing with the team over the phone. I eventually flew down to San Diego (their only office location at that time) for an interview in-person and met the product team. One month later my wife and I moved to San Diego.

What would you say to someone who is sceptical about Shillington’s fast-paced course?

I would attribute the daunting pace to Shillington resembling the same perception people have riding a bike in the city. On the sidewalk, it’s easy to question the dangers and what-ifs, to look at the experience as being filled with hazards. But once you’re on the road, moving with traffic you realize that not only can you ride your bike, but everyone is more or less trying to help you out and let you find your own way. Lecturers are going to try their very best to make sure you keep up and the briefs are approachable and gradually increase in difficulty.

Visit Braden’s website and read his full interview on the blog.

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