Matthew Sbar

Credentials: LeMans Corporation

Position title: Frontend Developer

Major: Computer Sciences

Certificate: Digital Studies

Graduation Date: December 2016

How did you end up at LeMans Corporation?

After graduating, I took a position as a web developer for Renaissance Learning in their marketing department, maintaining and building their corporate site and marketing campaigns. I eventually wanted less marketing and more of a traditional software development role, which I found at LeMans where I have been since.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

I work on an e-commerce site that’s used by motorcycle and powersports dealerships. As a frontend developer, I work on the portion of the code that users see and interact with, and to some degree, the design of the site.

How has Digital Studies influenced your career path?

The things I learned in my Digital Studies classes definitely shaped the way that I think about the Internet and the way people use it, or sometimes cannot use it, and that has played a role in how I approach subjects like accessibility, which are at the heart of my work as a frontend developer. There are also just incredibly practical aspects. For example, I learned how to use Photoshop in Communication Arts 155: Intro to Digital Media Production, and it’s on my resume now. That certainly played a part in landing my first job.

Did you have a favorite Digital Studies class?

I loved Communication Arts 346: Critical Internet Studies taught by Jeremy Morris, although to be honest, there were a lot of great classes and professors!

Do you have any advice for current students?

Try as hard as you can not to see getting a degree as something you are doing by yourself. College is weird because it forces you to be independent in certain ways, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can’t or shouldn’t accept help where you can get it. It’s so much harder alone. Study with other people – it’s way more efficient and it’s a great excuse to make friends.