Our Valentine’s blog series gets under the skin of life at Mr B & Friends, and asks different members of our team why they love working here. Soon we’ll be looking for some talented, young things to take under our wing for this year’s internship intake. Consider this our hook. Here, we ask a former intern to kiss and tell about his experience…
Introducing Anthony. A former Digital Intern who we snapped up as a full-time Junior Dev, (before his internship even finished!)
Here’s a bit about him:
Nickname(s): Tone, Tony, Two pint Tony, Anton, Antonio Banderas, Banthony
Likes: Tech, music, cider
Dislikes: Not having enough nicknames
Cool. Introductions over. Let’s talk internships…
Anthony, was this your first time? Tell the story of how we met…
“It was! I found out about the agency almost entirely by chance. Having recently left university, a mutual dev friend introduced me to Rob, who offered me a couple of weeks of work experience and then the internship after that.”
He liked it and subsequently put a ring on it. 💁
“I wasn’t sure what to expect, having never worked in an agency before, so I was a little nervous at first. Fortunately, I got a warm welcome from the digital team (and everyone else!) and settled in quickly.”
What first attracted you to the agency?
“The opportunity to work in web development, on some really great projects, and more than anything the culture. It was love at first sight.”
How did you get our attention?
“I think knowing someone at the agency was a good way to get my foot in the door, along with having work experience in web development and learning the basics online. In the first couple of weeks (before we made things official), I was given the opportunity to work on an internal project for the company. I had a lot of freedom, which gave me a chance to show off my skills, and it helped me to understand the workflows of the agency and its teams.”
How did you find settling in?
“Having never worked in a team of this size, the first date was a little nerve-wracking, but fortunately with the amount of social nights (aided by a couple of ciders) I got to know people and settled in fairly quickly.”
What sort of projects did you work on?
“My first project was an internal site for South by Southwest, a tech convention that our digital lead Rob was going to be attending. I created a page for gathering social media posts about the event, as well as tracking Rob’s location (so we could be sure he wasn’t seeing someone else.)”
“Later on in my internship, we developed a site for Victoria Hall which was my first time working on a larger project from beginning to end. It was a great way to learn about the agency’s processes and best practices throughout web development.”
“I also worked with Georgia and Evie to create a client newsletter for the agency, which we send to clients with industry and internal news. This was my first time developing emails, which has proven to be a love-hate relationship…”
What did you learn?
“It was particularly helpful when it came to learning how to work in a larger team and developing communication skills; previously I had worked in very small teams as well as going solo as a freelancer and the dynamic is completely different to working in a larger digital team that has to collaborate with other teams on each project.”
“Working with the other developers, I got to learn a lot programming-wise. While I had done some training online, I hadn’t had much experience with real-world usage of some of the languages and frameworks that I’ve worked with over the internship. I learnt that training can only take you so far if you don’t put that training into practice.”
Describe our culture.
“The team have been really welcoming and friendly, during and post my internship; there’s a really positive attitude shared by everyone here that helps foster great work and makes every day in the office a laugh.”
What do you bring to the team?
“I like working on user experience and accessibility when it comes to the sites we develop, and I’ve created some internal resources to help us to make our sites disability-friendly. I’ve also become somewhat of an expert when it comes to developing emails, a skill that has been honed by hours spent fighting Outlook to get an email looking just right.”
Your internship turned into a job offer. *Fist pumps* How’d that feel? Why did you choose to stay with Mr B & Friends?
“I remember feeling really surprised that not only was I being taken on, but that I would be finishing my internship early – I think that the opportunities for personal development helped push me to a junior developer level and I’m really grateful to the team for helping me improve as a developer.”
Would you recommend a Mr B internship?
“Absolutely, it’s a great way to learn all about your field while in an agency with a great culture and awesome people. Also – Friday beers.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
“Did I mention Friday beers?….”
Whether it be a placement year at uni, working as an Ops or Client Services intern, or a stepping-stone into a career after graduation, working as a Digital or Design intern, we think our internships are invaluable for getting an insight into working life, agency life and building your CV.
Better still, ALL of our internships are paid placements, allowing you to earn a good wage whilst building those essential career skills alongside our talented and friendly team.
Think you’d love life as a Mr B intern? Keep a beady eye on our ‘Join Us’ page here, which will be updated over the next couple of months with our 2018 intake info!