It’s just come to mind that this is my first post for September. What a better way to start September like no other – strong and positive! ✨
I’ve been pretty busy over the end of August and start of September because I started two placements in the tech industry.
Both experiences were incredibly insightful, I definitely left both with new skills and knowledge on the development as well as the more commercial side of the industry. Adjusting to the two different companies – two totally different environments – was an interesting experience too!
I wrote a blog post about my placement with TechDept here if you’re interested in finding out what I got up to!
— Appt (@ApptTeam) September 4, 2017
Today I’ll be sharing my experience working at Appt (hence the awesome title 😉). Appt is a technical company that creates more appt apps, web-apps, websites as well as offers services such as social media management and engagement. I got involved in a range of things including…
Development – Learning and applying!
My days were structured in a particular format. I spent my mornings “shadowing” the developers on their projects followed by an afternoon “tutorial/do it yourself” session where I spent my time attempting to make something out of everything I learned that morning.
Technologies I worked with and researched:
- NodeJS/AngularJS/Ionic Framework/Sails with Carl
- Unity and C# with Dom and Stephen
- LESS vs SASS, Mixins, Flexbox vs CSS grid, templating languages like pug, MySQL, application of MVC with Ali
— Appt (@ApptTeam) September 8, 2017
Things I made:
- An app using the Ionic framework that showcased my travels throughout the year
- Unity #1: An attempt to make a Minecraft-like game where the player can explore their surroundings
- Unity #2: Created a 3D globe that can rotate on key press.
- A page made in the templating language pug and flex box!
I found learning some of the concepts challenging (especially back-end development) but it was such a great learning experience and something I want to keep pushing myself to understand. Throughout my time the developers supported me and gave me great guidance on how to approach each language which was incredibly helpful. You can’t beat having an awesome support group!
All in all, front-end development is always going to be something I enjoy doing and having fun playing around with.
Fun fact: Appt’s talented front-end developer, Ali, told me that he learned most of his coding knowledge entirely on the job and actually came from a Biochemistry background! It was awesome to have someone to relate to. 😊
In addition to the techy-stuff, I also had a chance to explore the company’s growing social media management consultancy side.
I shadowed Line, who gave me an overview of the marketing/PR/social media management is run at Appt. I also had the chance to share my ideas and suggestions using my experience working in Communications over the past year as an example. It’s awesome what you can build up from experiences such as a “click” on a new way to market things.
On a related note, I took part in a Marketing meeting with Anna and Ruth. It was great to see the creative process of their marketing strategy! I learned about the importance of SEO which I have kept note of and will definitely make use of!
With Appt recently branching in China, I even got to explore Chinese communications.
I found learning about the different ways the communication channels work there incredibly interesting. It made me think more creatively of the other ways to engage a whole different market!
Women in STEM podcast
… This *has* to be the highlight of my time with Appt.
Anna invited me to join her on her podcast with BirchenallHowden’s “Unravelling Tech” 78th episode. This week the topic of Women in STEM which was perfect for both me and Anna, being women in the industry. I gladly accepted!
After feeling super nervous before starting, knocking over the mic a few times, getting over the shaky introductions and talking for an hour – I did it!
It was a wonderful experience! I’m still surprised that I actually spoke for an hour and that it didn’t turn out terrible – in fact, I really enjoyed it to the point I was like to Anna: can we do it again? can we keep talking? wow? That was great?!!!
We talked about the Google incident and why the gender gap exists and how we can act on it. If you’re interested, you can listen to the whole podcast here.
— Anna Bollinger (@apptanna) September 8, 2017
Thanks once again BirchenallHowden for having us represent the female team!💪🏼
Both placements were such an insightful experience, I definitely left both with more of a direction to pursue in terms of my career development and personally too e.g. languages I want to get better at and use in my projects.
I thoroughly enjoyed working at Appt, by the time I completed my placement I was actually quite sad leaving the office despite only being there for a short period of time. The team were so kind, welcoming and genuine; I felt like I joined a little family.
The developers especially made me feel very at home and didn’t make me feel like it was strange for me to be there coding alongside them because of my age, gender or race, which was refreshing especially from previous experiences when I was younger. I’m so thankful for their welcoming nature, thanks, guys! 💖
Having the chance to apply my coding knowledge and hobby over the summer has been such a great experience that has helped me strengthen my awareness of what sort of skills and knowledge is needed in development as well as understand the nature of the ever-changing techie-world.
Thanks again, Appt!
‼ On an unrelated note, ICYMI: I’ve shared this all over social media but Hamdah and I are filming our first Q&A together next Thursday, be sure to leave us a question below or complete this form if you want to ask a question anonymously.