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I am Alex Costin, a natural polyglot, IT technician, experienced sociologist, skilled graphic editor, awarded photographer, renowned web designer, expert SEO wizard, entrepreneur, trained counsellor, practising legal professional and proficient content writer.
My experience with foreign languages started two weeks before I turned 7 years of age as my parents installed satellite TV into our house. That gave me access to learning English and Italian in less than one year, prior to starting learning French at school at 8 years of age. After mastering these I started learning Spanish at 14 years, German at 19, Catalan at 25 and Portuguese at 27. This allows me to read tweets and news from different world sources and see a different reality from the one shown by local biased media.
Although computers were very hard to acquire in 2000, I had access to them through internet coffees, where I even ended up working in two of these in my hometown. This work allowed me to have access to a "playground" before I was able to buy my first computer. Such access to a playground allowed me to learn the skills needed to be an IT wizard.
SOCIOLOGY / PSYCHOLOGY
As a small child, I had the "gift" to see when people were lying (as stories would not be genuine but misleading) or why they were saying what they were. I later noticed - upon studying psychology and sociology - that the words that come out of people's mouth are the result of a thought or belief in their brain. Further friendships with people from continents like Africa, America, Australia and Asia allowed me to ask them questions about their backgrounds and interpretation of events and this further helped me open my mind and be probably the least judgmental person I know.
Upon graduating from high school and enrolling at the University, I started my 5th job - as a team member - for the FUJI dealership in my hometown. Due to my great PC skills, after the initial one-month probation period I was quickly promoted to being a graphic designer (photo editor) whilst assisting the company with photography whilst the photographer was away on field duty. This was further expanded by studying graphic design at university.
Working for FUJI as a photographer helped bloom a passion for photography as soon after starting work there, I ended up buying my own camera. Unlike other "brand" shoppers, I was given the chance to test many cameras and see their performances. This led me to have to choose between a FUJI, a SAMSUNG, and a SONY. Sony has been covering my photo-taking gadgets since 2009. The same SONY cameras allowed me to take photos for weddings, baptisms, school celebrations, nights out, parties, nature, holidays etc. etc.
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION
Upon finishing Multimedia Computing at Coventry University, I realised that SEO is vital for the websites plan. I started researching and trying out everything there is to know about referrals, organic search, and others. My market research of companies and websites taught me that over 50% Of Small Businesses Don't Have a Website and this means businesses will become increasingly invisible until they vanish.
SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING
It`s the tool offered by search engines that allow less capable Search Engine Optimisation workers get their website on the first page of a search engine. I have received training but dislike using it.
I am now a Marketing Director for an SME in Cardiff, an SME where I help the company reach more customers through their website and social media network; as well as a being a CEO for my own start-up, start-up where I offer web design services to businesses and individuals.
I like meeting new people, talking to them, understanding their background and defining traits. I also enjoy helping them hence in 2012 I learned counselling in Worcester which helped me learn the techniques needed to be a good listener. I can give impartial help to all my friends to help them resolve their problems.
Between February 2013 - June 2014 I have studied the LLB Law (Fast Track) where I became proficient in the Internet, Criminal, Intellectual Property, Contract Law; as well as Legal Skills.
DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST
And of course, when you know HTML, CSS and of other advanced features such as .xml, viewport, meta etc; it`s very easy to start thinking of developing websites and digital marketing campaigns. Either developing new ones or improving existing ones, my ability to speak several foreign languages also help me translate content for visitors from other countries, visitors who use languages other than English. Add my graphic design and photography skills to the equation and you got - if not the best digital marketing expert - a very efficient one.
That`s me, Alex Costin, the owner of www alex costin com
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