Digtal Intern, This is Milk
Mark, our digital intern from Glasgow Clyde College, tells us about his placement at This is Milk
I was just enjoying my time in college when Ruby Mitchell (the college organiser) said that I will be attending a work placement to fit in with my college course. My course was centered around all things to do with computers, from hardware to webpage design, and I found it all very enjoyable as I have a keen interest in computers and electronics.
However, during a two-week break, I was invited to attend an interview for a company called ‘This is Milk’
At first I wasn't sure what to think, but I decided ‘why not?‘ I travelled all the way to the interview to be greeted with a surprise when I found out that the office was located in an old renovated prison cell. Although the setting wasn't the usual place I would expect an office to be, I still continued and agreed that I would happily work there for the time that they needed me.
The first day dawned. I entered the room and was greeted by my new ‘cell mates’. They gave me my desk, email address and login details and I was soon up and running, ready to be briefed with my very first tasks.
I was first asked to help test a development website for a client project that was underway. The website was UFiiT.com. I found a few small mistakes that I then had to document on Trello, which lets you share your findings instantly with everybody in the group (pretty cool right?). Although I only found a few small issues like misspelt words I still felt very accomplished and armed with my new skill I scoured over the entire website once again.
If we skip a few days and go to the Friday of that week, this was when the project team meeting was held. I was sitting on the other side of the room, minding my own business when I saw them doing something that confused me at first. They were writing directly onto the walls! Well maybe not directly - they were using magic whiteboard charts that stick to the wall using static, but still.
As the weeks have progressed I learned lots of new skills that I never had when I first entered the prison. Some of the main ones were logging bug (or 'defect') reports and how to edit web pages using things content management systems like Weebly and Wordpress.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at This is Milk, which allowed me to see how a real business handles their client’s needs when building a website and how they produce the final product. Everybody was very friendly and helped me with whatever I needed. So a massive thanks to everybody at This is Milk!
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(Blog first published 06/09/2016)