First, An Apology For Slacking
Sorry for the hiatus from the blog world. It’s been far too long since posting so I am kicking it into high gear to get back in the saddle. Why the no communication? In a word, I’m tired (or does that count as two words?). With my new internship here is what my revised schedule looks like:
- Mon/Wed/Fri: Work at my ‘real’ job for about 8 hours
- Tues/Thurs: Commute 3 hours round trip for my internship (8+ hours spent at work)
- Evenings: Family time then work on freelance projects
- Weekends: More working on freelance projects, research for internship projects, mow the lawn, more Family time…
All that to say the pace of life has been racheted up a notch and it’s taken some time to adjust. Not that I’m complaining at all. I am super grateful for the opportunity to work alongside such experienced and talented people. I’m also very excited to have web design clients of my own. Is this a difficult plate to balance? For sure. Am I enjoying this stage? Yes (emphasis on stage). I am learning so much and love the path I’m on, but I’m also looking forward to when my employment is more in line with my interests. Until then, I move onward.
Now for the actual update…
So my internship is approaching the half way point and I thought I would jot down some of my thoughts/experiences.
THINGS I EXPECTED (but I still find interesting):
Solid Team Culture
I’ve read a lot about the different project management philosophies used in the web community and at LevelTen they use a version of Agile. Agile is built on a team environment where every department involved in a project collaborate and communicate every step of the way. It’s been exciting to see this process in action with initial sprint meetings, daily status updates, project reviews, etc. There is constant communication going on between developers, designers, and so forth concerning each stage of development. It’s been really amazing to see the team in action.
Nontraditional Working Environment
Every Friday they have a “Lunch & Learn” where the group eats together and the conversation goes where it will. While my schedule doesn’t allow me to be a part of this aspect, I have benefited so much from talking with my fellow coworkers. Those conversations have been so valuable to me as a learner. A lot of creative work places have nontraditional elements (work from home, arcade stations, etc.) so this is part of the overall culture, but it’s still way cool to see.
Also, they have a kickin’ selection of snacks.
THINGS I DID NOT EXPECT:
I Know More Than I Thought I Did
The whole experience has been very validating to me in terms of my instinct for how to approach a website design and what points to pay attention to. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m finding I have a good instinct.
A Supportive Supervisor
It’s not like I expected a supervisor from hell, but I really lucked out with getting matched up with the best supervisor an intern could ask for. Kayla is an experienced UX Architect who is excited to share, teach & even delegate. She is super positive, but still gives straight forward feedback. She is also great at giving me opportunities to learn and create like writing for the company’s blog (Using Personas, Tips on Content Clean Up for a Redesign).
Programmers Are Humble
I haven’t met too many programmers. I’m not sure what I expected (maybe an internet rock star type???). The first day I went out to lunch with everybody and one of the developers asked me what my background was. My first response was, “Well, I’m very much in the leaning stage right now…” to which he responded “Hey, we all are, right?” Classy. Very classy.
Those are just the highlights. As I said I’ve been leaning a lot and with a renewed sense of determination I’m going to keep sharing in my future posts.