Since I have started working at Top Left Design, my life has changed drastically:
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Hello lovely person who wants to work for us! We are flattered! We love to have interns here, as it gives us the opportunity to meet new people. And out of the people who work here, Chris, Nichaela, JP, Kevin, Tamlyn and Aric all started out as work experience or internship people. We like to “try before we buy”.
In this age of interns, young people are expected to have internships on their CV when applying for jobs. It can give you the experience that everyone needs to stand out in a difficult job market. It’s not always easy but can be very rewarding.
So here is a post written by one of our previous interns – top 7 tips for being a stand out intern at Top Left Design, that can be applied anywhere.
Julien is one of the two french students (Julien and Caroline) who spent a 10 week internship at Top Left Design. In this post he shares with you a few new things he learnt about design.
Here is what Julien wrote
Hi everyone! I’ve just finished my 10 weeks internship here at Top Left Design. Usually I work more with the programming side of things, and have never really learnt much about the design process. I like coding because I’ve learnt a lot about how to do it, and so now it’s easy for me. But during this internship I saw that design is not so different from coding, you have to always keep in mind some key rules and guidelines to create a good design.
Here are the 7 most important rules I learnt at top left design during my 10 great weeks:
Many of you already know that we are a teaching company and we regularly take work experience people who love to learn about designing and building websites and all the wonderful things that includes. This week we just took on 2 new interns, who are from France, and I asked each of them to give us one paragraph about their experience here.
Our last intern Maja who came from Germany has now left us – sad!
We asked her to write about her experience and this is what she said:
“When I heard about my internship in web design I was a little bit afraid, because I’ve never worked with HTML and web design before. But in the end I enjoyed it and I now know more about web design and how to present the designs to clients.
To be honest – this is my first internship that I really enjoyed. The whole team was very friendly and open minded and it was a very relaxed atmosphere. I even had my own computer – that was great!
The special things I have learnt whilst on my internship were:
Using Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia HomeSite, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Indesign
How to make a gradient (using Layers) [ Photoshop]
How a website is designed in Photoshop then built in HTML (Footer, Top, Navigation, font size & Home and Inner, Templates) [ Photoshop & HomeSite]
I had a lot of projects, which was very good – so I could do a lot of designs which made me very happy. Sometimes I thought I was very helpful, so I hope at the end I was very useful to your company.
Every day I tried my best and the whole time in the internship was a very good experience for me. Thank you for giving me a lot of different projects to work on. This was very good and has built on my experiences.
I wish I could stay longer in your company because it was a really good time for me. I really liked this internship. This was the best internship I’ve ever had (seriously!).
In the past the other internships were not as good as here, because the atmosphere was not as good….a couple of my bosses were uptight and not good-humoured like you and your team are.
It was a great time at Top Left Design for me!”
We will miss Maja too!
She was hard working, showed great talent, was quick to learn and helpful. We wish her luck in her future career – keep in touch!