Published: 18 July 2018
Last week we were joined by our Lead Designer's son, Sonny. He joined us for a week of work experience to find out what agency life is all about. Here's what he thought of his experience with us:
My name is Sonny and I am a student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school in Faversham, I'm 15 years old and for my work experience placement I chose Sagittarius, this is how I spent my week...
Monday, the day started off with Claire (the HR Manager) giving me an induction of the company and a walk around to get to know the office. I then attended the daily stand up which is where some employees and working group say what they are working for that day and if there are any issues. Shortly after I went through the basics of web design with Ben B - he showed me how to use the programme ‘Sketch’. Designers can use this to create UX wireframes & UI visuals. It is a great programme for web designers to put their ideas into practice. Throughout the first day, I was tasked with developing and creating homepage concepts for the website European Study Tours. I enjoyed this type of work and was happy with what I produced especially as I was using a programme that I had never used before.
Tuesday, I learnt what the XO team was about. Nick and Kris gave me short introductions to their jobs, which I found interesting because it was something new to me and I have never picked up on it. I also attended a 1-hour conference call with Lucie and Julia. Subsequently, in the afternoon, Kris gave me a task to create some Facebook ads aimed at a specific audience. I produced a couple of advert styles which were meant to appeal to 35-60-year-old men that loved their golf.
Wednesday, started with an introduction to front-end development with Ben D, although it seemed very complicated I kind of got the gist of it towards the end especially with the recommended programmes. My understanding is that Front-end development is where someone is responsible for implementing visual elements that users see and interact within a website, and they use programmes such as brackets and bootstrap to help with their work. Throughout the rest of the afternoon, I was introduced to numerous other job roles by Sarah, Jan and Dawn which were very interesting. Sarah is the marketing manager of the company who gave me a great example of marketing based on Fortnite, Jan is the accountant and Dawn is QA (quality assurance) which is basically finding anything wrong with a site and raising issues so it can be fixed.
On Thursday, Marie who is the directors PA, introduced me to the programme ‘JIRA’, After my introduction she gave me a task to complete on the programme which was to go through each ticket in the programme and sought out the labelling on them. I completed it around midday then I carried on with my design task In the afternoon Dawn gave me a visual introduction to her job as it was easier to understand seeing her testing websites on different types of machines.
Friday, was my last day so I wrote this blog to sum it up. Overall this week has been very different from my days at school. I have really enjoyed finding out how a marketing company works because I was unaware of how many departments and roles it takes to run an agency. I think now when I look at a website I will be thinking more about all the aspects that go into making it.
We thoroughly enjoyed having Sonny with us and the team were pleased to be able to pass on some useful knowledge!