Personal Profile

Hi there! I'm Darnielle and I'm a Hamilton, New Zealand-based Education Studies student, Psychology graduate, and web designer & developer.

I consider myself to be a future crimefighter. My ultimate goal is to become a criminal psychologist, but I'd also like to work as a probation officer or programme facilitator. In my downtime, I make websites.

I'm a big fan of my fiancé Sam, our pet rats, heavy metal music, Euro-style board games, word & logic puzzles, cooking & baking, binge watching television shows, caffeine in most its forms, napping, and promoting awareness of invisible chronic illnesses of which, I have three (ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and epilepsy).

I can also be found on Dribbble.

My Skills

Web Design & Development

I have over fifteen years of experience with designing and developing for the web. I am skilled in the use of Photoshop, and coding in HTML, CSS and Javascript. While I specialise in front-end development, I am comfortable with basic PHP, particularly for WordPress. I am also familiar with MySQL databases and cPanel.

Computing

I am proficient in the use of popular software on multiple operating systems. I am particularly skilled in the used of the Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative suites and statistical analysis software such as SPSS. I am also very quick to pick up the ins-and-outs of unfamiliar software. I type accurately at a speed of 75 WPM.

Customer Service

Every position I have held has involved dealing directly with customers, so I have a wealth of experience in this area. I understand the importance of a business-client relationship. Additionally, I am capable of processing all common forms of payment, working as part of a team, and maintaining a high rate of productivity.

 

Communication

Being able to communicate effectively is of great importance to me, and I make a concerted effort to continue to develop my interpersonal skills. I am an excellent listener, and I have the ability to adapt to any kind of social situation and relate to many different groups of people. I am also comfortable with public speaking.

Brainpower!

In addition to university, I was involved in a number of programmes during my compulsory schooling which allowed me to develop my problem-solving and critical thinking skills. I am able to analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge, and find effective solutions to most problems presented to me.

Writing

Through many years of academia and blogging, I have developed my writing skills to a professional standard. I have a preference for academic and technical writing but I also write for the web, communicate via social media and have experience in editing, both my own work and the work of others.

Education

Graduate Diploma in Education Studies

University of Waikato Mar 2014 - Present
I am currently in the process of completing this diploma. My focus is on adult education and social justice & inequality in education, but I am also taking papers in the development of children in families, and curriculum perspectives. I aim to have this diploma completed by October 2014.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

Awarded with Distinction University of Waikato Mar 2012 - Nov 2013
This diploma was conferred in March 2014. I covered a range of subfields in this diploma including abnormal, behavioural, clinical, criminal, and developmental psychology. I also took papers on research methods, psychological assessment, and the application of psychology with respect to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology

University of Waikato Feb 2008 - Nov 2011
This degree was conferred in May 2012. I took an array of psychology papers in most subfields, and my supporting subjects for this degree were sociology and social policy. I also took papers in criminology, human development, philosophy, social science research, and women’s & gender studies.

Work History

Freelance Web Designer & Developer

Self-Employed Jun 2010 - Present
This is a casual position where I use my web design & development skills to create websites for individuals and small businesses, mainly on the WordPress(.org, self-hosted) platform. I also provide additional services such as graphic design for screen, tech support, website maintenance, and editing of web content.

Checkout Operator

Woolworths Putaruru & Countdown Cambridge Nov 2005 - Oct 2006 & Nov 2006 - Apr 2007
Both of these positions were part-time. My tasks and responsibilities included customer service, the use of checkout technology, cash register & payment processing systems (including cash drawer maintenance), correct handling & packing/bagging of product, high productivity, and responding effectively to high-pressure situations (including manual calculation, dealing with difficult customers, and crime such as shoplifting & robbery).

Portfolio

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Harlequin Girl
Hair by Katrina
Surrounded by Grass
Sam Sarjant
Jingwen
Diana.nu

Get in Touch

I am currently unavailable for work, but if you're interested in working with me, please let me know and you will be the first to know when I'm available again.

I endeavour to return all contact within 48 hours. If I do not get back to you in that timeframe, feel free to try again. All fields are required. Please double check your e-mail address before sending.

You can also add me on Skype for instant messaging chats.

Click here to download my printable CV