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Ben Fairbanks

Junior Web Developer

Ben Fairbanks
Junior Web Developer

OMAHA, NE

Most of my memories include running around Dundee with no real purpose except having fun.
 

UNMC BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT – ASSISTANT

What started as a quasi-volunteering gig turned into me running the lab when the professor went on speaking tours. I was really young to be working there – I started as a freshman in high school – but it taught me to take a scientific questions-and-evidence-based approach to work. I learned I could figure most anything out if I didn’t give up and that taking additional responsibilities and doing good work was the quickest way to earn respect within the workplace.
 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – LINCOLN

Despite all the time spent in a lab, I thought I would be a writer. I graduated from the university with a degree in creative writing, and while I had the chops, I didn’t have the dedication.

Professor and author Jonis Agee really took me to task for not living up to my potential during one of my first classes with her. The idea didn’t stick at the time, but it’s been slowly gaining steam as I’ve aged and have seen noticeable positive impact.
 

FREELANCE WEB DEVELOPER

My path from writing to development was a bit convoluted. Basically, I graduated and started working at restaurant. Management shut down the restaurant without giving real notice, and our general manager called in the state unemployment office. The people there took one look at me and offered me further training in coding.

This is when the “living up to my potential” lesson starting kicking in. I took them up on their offer to get training in coding, graduated from the Omaha Code School and started freelancing. I made a point to build toward bigger things rather than just going with the flow, took bigger risks and said yes to nearly every project – even if I didn’t quite know how to do it at the time.

I figured there were no failures, only delayed successes.

BOZELL: JUNIOR WEB DEVELOPER

I found I really enjoyed the constant learning and problem solving that came with coding; every time I figured out how to make something work felt like a great success. After five years of freelancing, I decided to make a change because, well, health insurance. Not to mention, I was looking forward to helping more senior members of the team make our little corner of the internet more functional and pretty.
 

Word to Live by: Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. – Mark Twain

Ben's story

OMAHA, NE

Most of my memories include running around Dundee with no real purpose except having fun.
 

UNMC BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT – ASSISTANT

What started as a quasi-volunteering gig turned into me running the lab when the professor went on speaking tours. I was really young to be working there – I started as a freshman in high school – but it taught me to take a scientific questions-and-evidence-based approach to work. I learned I could figure most anything out if I didn’t give up and that taking additional responsibilities and doing good work was the quickest way to earn respect within the workplace.
 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – LINCOLN

Despite all the time spent in a lab, I thought I would be a writer. I graduated from the university with a degree in creative writing, and while I had the chops, I didn’t have the dedication.

Professor and author Jonis Agee really took me to task for not living up to my potential during one of my first classes with her. The idea didn’t stick at the time, but it’s been slowly gaining steam as I’ve aged and have seen noticeable positive impact.
 

FREELANCE WEB DEVELOPER

My path from writing to development was a bit convoluted. Basically, I graduated and started working at restaurant. Management shut down the restaurant without giving real notice, and our general manager called in the state unemployment office. The people there took one look at me and offered me further training in coding.

This is when the “living up to my potential” lesson starting kicking in. I took them up on their offer to get training in coding, graduated from the Omaha Code School and started freelancing. I made a point to build toward bigger things rather than just going with the flow, took bigger risks and said yes to nearly every project – even if I didn’t quite know how to do it at the time.

I figured there were no failures, only delayed successes.

BOZELL: JUNIOR WEB DEVELOPER

I found I really enjoyed the constant learning and problem solving that came with coding; every time I figured out how to make something work felt like a great success. After five years of freelancing, I decided to make a change because, well, health insurance. Not to mention, I was looking forward to helping more senior members of the team make our little corner of the internet more functional and pretty.
 

Word to Live by: Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. – Mark Twain

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years in industry

1 year

years at bozell

1 year

client experience

  • Make-A-Wish Nebraska
  • planitOmaha
  • Westlake Ace Hardware

Ben's Hometown

Omaha, NE

August 9, 2018

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