being a front end developer is to create clear, easy, fast pages and interfaces that will make people understand and care about the information, by putting it in context, expose its legitimacy or lack thereof, and reveal their implicit or explicit interconnection.
Front-end is not just a pretty face, it's the friendly, forward-looking interface of web development.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my work placement, Clock is a friendly, laid back, outgoing place to work for.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued in a social aspect, I saw colleagues outside of work regularly.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt as though I was given support some of the time, but because the company was ever expanding and big projects being undergone, a lot of the time you were left to your own devices, I think this question is very personal and varies from person to person, I would have liked more guidance in the way of a specific mentor, someone that was concrete and a specific go to. If I asked a question, people were very friendly in answering and trying to help, although there were times I felt as though management/other developers were too busy to answer my questions - or its something i should have already known.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied, sometimes we stayed behind over required hours to help meet project deadlines. The company then provided us with lots of takeaways to keep us all going, and also offered overtime payments.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Everybody at Clock has different responsibilities, I think that the main expectations of me were to just complete the work that I had been assigned.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definitely think this placement experience was invaluable, Clock was a great company to work for, I always had fun in the office, and fun with colleagues outside the office, The company made sure that social events were arranged regularly (and paid for), and I always felt that I was part of a team/family. Having only coded for one year previously and not regularly, the placement was a huge challenge. I coded everyday and this has built up an awareness and concentration skill that I never thought I possessed before. I find I am now more organised and appreciative of being at university - working on a project that I want to work on! My placement at Clock showed me the things I like and also the things I don't. I have carried this to university and have now thrown in all of my passion embarking on something that I believe in. The only criticism I have of the company is that specific internal training was not provided, you are expected to learn on the job, or to already have an advanced knowledge. However, I can still sit here say that I learnt more on my placement at Clock, than I ever did studying for 2 years previously at university.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
mostly fun! sometimes stressful right before a deadline! Lots of tea games!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised, Claire was very clear and informative during the induction day, I know if I had any questions to do with working hours or payslips/payday, the combination to the bike shed, or anything in general she would know the answer.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Personal training was predominantly self taught.. there was no internal or external training programmes, again my only criticism of their placement scheme.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'm not sure that I am what they are after in their development team, and I myself am uncertain what is going to happen after university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
amazing, we went snowboarding, to the cinema, go karting, I went on a ski holiday with 4 of my colleagues, cycling, to the pub, nights out. I did lots of social activities outside of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
not too expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I had a regular pub full of locals that I liked to play pool and darts with, and sometimes there were live bands, I always had a good time there, I didn't feel like there was much else around the area though.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?