An Epic Impact
PROVO, Utah – Oct 26, 2020 – When Kent C. Dodds graduated from the BYU Marriott School of Business in 2014 with his master’s degree in information systems, he had one goal: to impact the world by creating software. Now as a speaker and educator with a significant social media audience, he encourages his listeners to create their own positive impacts.
For years, Dodds has shared his knowledge and expertise on the React framework through his in-person Epic React trainings and workshops. Hoping to expand his audience, Dodds decided to take his workshops online. Currently Epic React is an online compilation of all of Dodds’ workshops, recorded in a series of three hundred videos that allow a self-paced workshop experience. “Not confined to the space of a conference hall or in-person workshop, Epic React can take someone with zero knowledge in React all the way to a total expert, all in the comfort of their own home,” he says.
Experiencing this contrast was instrumental in helping Dodds choose his career path and identify his priorities. “Working at a big company like USAA was awesome, but I learned that I wasn’t a good fit for the work they do,” he says. “Working at Domo, a smaller company where I had a huge amount of autonomy, was instrumental in helping me understand what I wanted out of my career. I wouldn't have known that without having both experiences for comparison.”
Now that he is self-employed, Dodds continues to enjoy his autonomy. “My favorite thing about being my own boss is having the freedom to focus most of my time on doing things that I enjoy and spend more time with my family,” he says. He and his wife, Brooke, have four children and a dog and live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
“I ultimately chose information systems because I realized that I could use computers to solve real problems and impact the world around me,” Dodds says. “My goal is to continue to do that throughout the remainder of my career.” No matter where his future takes him, he is certain about one thing: he will remain committed to improving the world through his work.
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Writer: Sarah Calvert