For the past 14months I’ve been on a work placement at a small Web Design studio in Leeds. From working with complex code to dealing with clients; I’ve been allowed to hone my skills and I will be forever in their debt.
It’s no secret that the Web Industry is a competitive one. Like every other career path, experience is a fundamental attribute that recruiters (Company owners, not those pests you see on LinkedIn) search for when finding the perfect match for their business. I’m fortunate to have been given this opportunity.
I wasn’t the best.
Now, looking at the work I produced a year ago, I’m not too proud. The Web is a forever flowing current full of change and so I’m probably not the only person that feels that way when they look back on their work.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew the fundamentals; but I needed the first hand experience that you can only get from working too a brief, dealing with clients and working as a team.
Welford Media gave me this time.
Alongside some crazily talented people, working on project after project, I was able to develop my skills (and learn new ones) to a point where I now feel confident in my role in this industry. There’s no greater motivation to improve than the figurative clock ticking away whilst on a deadline. Dealing with clients is a scary art to master.
Despite all this that I’ve learnt; the knowledge that I can take forward into my final year and the years to come; there were only six people within my group at Uni who went onto work placements. Six whole people out of around Forty. When the need for experience is so great, I find it bizarre to think that a measly 15% of my group went on placement.
Maybe they couldn’t find anywhere to take them on? Who knows. I just feel sorry that they didn’t get the experience I did.