“I really needed a change. I realized that I was writing the same emails, having the same conversations, and dealing with all of the same frustrations every day at my current job. I was seeking a career path that would allow for me to merge all of my passions and interests to make a larger impact.”
Hamy Pham had always worked at the intersection of art and operations.
Inspired to create, Pham pursued her Bachelor of Fine Arts in commercial photography, and then dove into the world of professional photography. Pham hustled to earn her stripes and build a name for herself, pitching in wherever she saw a need: setting up lighting for photo shoots, retouching images, and performing administrative tasks—eventually becoming the point-person for the coordination and final production of all deliverables at her agency.
But, Pham was an artist. Her work on the operations side of the photography business was missing a key creative element. She wanted to be the maker, and she wanted to make a bigger impact. Exploring new options for her career, UI/UX struck her as a way to meld her eye for clean and engaging compositions with the functional understanding she’d developed working behind-the-scenes on creative procedures and workflows. She saw the digital world as an opportunity to expand her reach and touch more lives, and Startup Institute was her entry-point into that world.