Hi! My name is Evan, and I am inspiring intern no.2. I’m from Glasgow originally and as a student, I studied for a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering at Glasgow University. Deciding rocket science was too boring for me, after my degree, I took some time to figure out the next exciting challenge I’d embark upon.

I tried a lot of different stuff; online journalism, digital marketing and arts and culture event management. I even found myself working with the Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow to design an entire exhibit about the history of Scottish Travelling Showpeople.

Eventually, my relationship with them grew and I actually helped them to run and manage the Riverside Museum’s Christmas Carnival. Let me tell you, dealing with the health and safety measures for 25,000+ people can be quite the headache!

However, the more of these projects I undertook, the more I noticed across all of them the huge part digital had to play in every one.

Almost serendipitously, it was as these thoughts were taking shape in my mind that I came across the Inspiring Digital Leaders programme.

The Inspiring Digital Leaders programme is brand new this year, where did you hear about it and what made you want to apply?

I actually discovered the programme through sheer luck! I was scouring the web, hunting for internships or projects that could give me an insight into the digital industry as a whole, when I came across inspiring digital leaders (just 3 days before the deadline, I might add).

First of all, the sheer amount of possibilities on offer immediately drew my interest. Getting to try a bit of everything while getting an inside look at the way digital agencies and the creative sector works? I couldn’t help but throw myself at the opportunity!

Coupling that with the timing, it almost felt like life couldn’t have been more obvious if it had been standing outside my door with a sign that had “APPLY RIGHT NOW!” on it.

evan, inspiring digital leaders intern, at the riverside museum

Out of the 5 skills, you’ll be developing your skillset in (UX Design, Digital Marketing, Web Development, Content Strategy and Client Services), which are you most interested in?

I think I’m going to give this one to Content Strategy. I love getting involved in the actual making process, but that always feeds back into my even greater interest in looking at the “big picture”; how does everything all come together and become more than the sum of its parts? That, to me, is what it’s all about.

You’re working with our UX Design department, do you feel that you’ve expanded your skill in this during your time with us?

Coming into this, the most UX experience I had was installing Adobe Indesign wrong and crashing my laptop. Now, not only am I aware of the absolutely insane amount of UX/UI software options out there, I even managed to pick up some skills with some industry-standard software like Sketch.

I learned how to wireframe (i.e. create visual mock-ups), how to animate and prototype designs for more advanced project “previewing” (animating page scrolling was a particular favourite of mine) and how to handle all the numerous plugins that can all require — amongst other things.

Most importantly, I learned much more about how UX designers think. Thanks to that, I’ll never look at any kind of web page or app the same again — in a good way!

You still have plenty of agencies to see, but after your time with us, do you feel more passionate about a career in digital or UX design?

A career somewhere in the digital sector is absolutely something I am interested in, and this course is only reaffirming the decisions I've made to come to this point. Trying out different roles like writer, marketer, manager and such have all been part of the process of seeing what’s the best fit.

To be perfectly honest, a career in UX design was never something I'd really considered before. With how much fun I've had with it, I genuinely think I might just pick it up in my spare time and see what happens with it.

Who knows? I might just become the Van Gogh of UX design (but hopefully with two ears so I can better hear the applause from my adoring fans).

Quickfire! 3 highlights of working in the AD studio with our team:

  1. The incredibly supportive/friendly atmosphere
  2. Noodle the Dog
  3. The elegantly eclectic office playlist

If you could work for anyone or any brand in the world, who would it be and why?

I’d absolutely love to work with the guys who run Giant’s Live and World’s Strongest Man. Strongman, as a sport, has fascinated me since childhood and it is one of my greatest passions to compete in and be a part of.

evan kayes, inspiring digital leaders intern, competing in strongman

Helping create more of those events and moments that inspired me as a kid would make for an incredible, unforgettable experience.

You can only watch one film for the rest of your life, what is it?

Fifth Element. I basically watch it every day already. The fact it hasn’t won the Oscar for “Most Rewatchable Film on Earth” is a genuine tragedy.

Finally, would you recommend a programme like Inspiring Digital Leaders to others looking to start a career in digital?

Absolutely! I'd actually recommend it the most to those entirely unsure of what they want to do or where they want to go, which probably accounts for 99% of young people. This is exactly the kind of opportunity that can give you the chance to try out all those different ideas or interests you had in mind, and get a taste of the kind of skills and environments you'll develop and be a part of.

In a phrase: Just go for it!

5 interns. 5 agencies. 5 disciplines. With the Inspiring Digital Leaders programme, the successful interns are able to learn all about 5 different skills on the job at 5 leading Scottish agencies. We're thrilled to be working with TRC Media, BIMA, Screenmedia, Equator, Front Page and Dog Digital on this programme and facilitating the digital leaders of tomorrow! If you want to find out more about this, check out the website.