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Jake Carlson

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Small Business Owner @ Dragon Eye Design

I own my own company, which provides web design and development services.

How I Got Here

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Undergraduate Degree(s): Communication Studies
Changing majors:

I changed my major from Computer Science to Communication Design.

Moving from college to career:

I have not completed my undergraduate degree yet. While I do not need a degree for the work I do, it will give me more options in the future.

Career influences:

I started making websites in high school for fun, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to make a career of it by age 16.

The Ups and Downs

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Pros: Complete flexibility in work hours and vacation, getting to decide what work to do, and doing the work my way.

Cons: Total responsibility for the business and planning for challenging financial times.

Recommendations

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Do what you love. Sometimes that requires a degree, sometimes it doesn't. Real world experience is invaluable.

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