Our recent placement student Peter Carvill took some time out of his busy schedule with us before heading back into final year at Ulster University to tell us about his placement experience at WebsiteNI:
1. So Peter, how did you find out about this placement opportunity at Website NI?
I began to do research into website development companies in Northern Ireland and across the water. WebsiteNI was one of the leading results in Google and having heard from a previous student that her experience was invaluable, it was the only company I could see myself working for with such a high calibre. WebsiteNI was not actually taking on placement students, so I was over the moon when they agreed to interview me for a placement position.
2. What did you enjoy most about working at WebsiteNI?
Everything! The thing that stands out most to me is my friendly colleagues and the bonds we have created. The thought of working in a professional company was rather daunting before I began work, but I was quickly put at ease with everyone being so friendly, compassionate, approachable and understanding that I am still a student in the tasks they were giving me. I have created a great bond with some of our existing clients throughout my time and had a real sense of job satisfaction completing tasks and website updates for them.
3. What exciting projects did you get to work on?
When I started in September, I began to work alongside the web developers on a series of big projects like Cleaver Fulton Rankin and Edge Innovate. The experience of working with big companies was definitely an exciting experience coming from university, where you can put all your theory work into practice, in the safety of shadowing the developers. I have always been of the belief that the best way to learn is by getting hands-on and completing tasks assigned. In January, I moved to the marketing department where I undertook quite a lot of hands-on client support, updates, social media campaigns and e-marketing for new and existing clients.
4. What did you learn from your time on placement and how do you think it will help your career in future?
I have learned so much in my time here, from web developing, advancing my photography and PhotoShop skills greatly, to marketing strategies and SEO which my knowledge of was quite limited before. Understanding the day-to-day running of a web company is probably the strongest point, how seeing all departments of the building are required to work together for the same client can prove difficult, but seeing how a group of professionals react to it will definitely stick with me. I know how important it is to put a client’s needs first and growing your interpersonal skills is an aspect I feel I have improved upon greatly, and know that these experiences will stay with me always.
5. Would you recommend a placement at WebsiteNI to your friends/classmates?
Absolutely. The experience I have got has been invaluable. Before starting in Website NI, I didn’t realise the extent of work that is needed to create a great website, and how many different departments there is that are required to fulfil this. I used to be under the illusion that there was a room with 1-2 web developers in a web development company alone, naively forgetting that there would need to be a department for each service in the company like sales, marketing, design, accounts, development.
His line manager and WebsiteNI’s Account Manager Safron Thomas had this to say about Peter:
“Its been a great pleasure to have Peter working with us over the last 10 months, he has always put 100% effort into all the projects and client relationships he has been involved in right from the start.
We’ll miss his friendly outgoing manner and I know that our clients will too. As a professional web agency we know that while we have a responsibility to provide a great learning environment for students, we are really lucky to be able to tap into fresh new talent and ideas that are inevitably generated by young enthusiastic web designers & developers. We’re really grateful for the input Peter has had in our agency.
Peter is also a brilliant and very professional photographer. He has brought some of our clients’ websites to life with his photos. Peter’s own website is definitely worth a look! We wish Peter all the best in his studies and look forward to seeing his future web design and photography work!
Thanks again Peter!”
We are all delighted to have had Peter working with us and wish him all the very best in his future career!