Small Business Owner
Jake Carlson
Employer: Dragon Eye Design

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

Photo: Jake Carlson
How They Got There

Undergrad degree:  Communication Studies

Changing majors:  I changed my major from Computer Science to Communication Design.

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
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.

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

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