An internship diary by Adam Yeats. Adam took part in Dharmafly’s first summer internship, when three students joined us at the Lab for the Recently Possible to gain skills in developing experimental web applications. Some of their observations and reflections are posted in this blog.
September, 2012 – week 13
I first got a start in web development when I must have been 10 years old or so. I committed all the usual web design atrocities people joke about about these days, and I had several awful little websites littered across GeoCities. I went off and did other teenager-y sort of things and then a couple of years ago, I had a little epiphany and decided I wanted to come back to university and finish what I started.
I’m extremely glad that I did.
Looking back 4 months, the difference between the programmer I was then and the programmer I am now is equivalent to night and day. Prem, as well as the other two interns Aaron and Chris, have been extremely patient with me when it comes to answering my very basic questions and before long, I started feeling more and more confident. Before the internship, I was feeling fairly sure that I wanted to work in UX or design. But I’ve changed my mind now.
My advice to anyone who’s at university studying web development, or anyone who’s self-taught and is looking to get a start in the industry, is to get out and engage with your web community. Go to local meetups, hack days and conferences. Start getting involved with conversations with people on Twitter, you’ll find the overwhelming majority of people to be friendly, ego-free, and very willing to help out.
Finally, I’d recommend to do what I’ve done and see if there’s someone who’ll take you on over the summer holiday. I know this axiom tends to get tossed around a lot, but the experience you’ll gain really is invaluable. I’ve absolutely no doubt in my mind that I’ll end up owing my future career to Prem and my experience this summer.
So again, thanks to Prem and everyone at Dharmafly for having/putting up with me, and also my fellow interns Aaron and Chris who I’m sure, with their skills, will go on to do amazing things.