For the past 4 weeks, we have been working with the first of our Inspiring Digital Leaders interns, Julia! She joined our UX Design team for the month of June and now her time with us is sadly coming to an end. In honour of it, we thought we'd sit down with her and ask some questions about her time with us and what she wants her career in digital to look like... as well as a few silly ones too!
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am from Germany originally, I came to the UK to study Film & TV. However, it soon became clear to me that I didn’t enjoy that subject very much, so I changed my degree to a Joint Honours in Digital Media & Information Studies and History of Art. I started doing animations in my second year at uni, and from there also got into illustration, web design and graphic design. The past years I’ve been doing lots of freelance work in those areas, and realised that I really enjoy doing creative, digital work - which is what I’m pursuing now!
The Inspiring Digital Leaders programme is brand new this year, where did you hear about it and what made you want to apply?
For me, Inspiring Digital Leaders came at exactly the right time. I was about to graduate and wanted to improve my existing skillset in a professional context. I received an email about the programme through career services at uni and promptly applied. I loved the fact that I would get to engage with different disciplines in different agencies - it is the perfect introduction to the realm of digital agency work.
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 had done some very basic UX Design before, so that is the discipline where I knew from the beginning that I would enjoy a lot. I love how creative it is, all the while also having a big emphasis on research. However, I am also excited to learn more about the other disciplines - content strategy is one I am particularly looking forward to!
You’re working with our UX Design department, do you feel that you’ve expanded your skill in this during your time with us?
Definitely! I was lucky enough to be able to help out with real-life client work, while also working on a personal UX project from start to finish. I looked at how to improve users’ online ticket buying experience - something almost everyone has done at some point in their lives but somehow is never a particularly pleasant experience. So that’s been a very interesting challenge for me. In general, I learned a lot about UX tools and workflows, which has been great!
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?
I really feel as though my time here has fuelled a passion for research-grounded, user-centred design, and I am certain that I want to pursue a career in the digital industry. I have learned so much working at After Digital and I hope to continue to grow and develop my UX skills going forward.
Quickfire! 3 highlights of working in the AD studio with our team:
Everyone’s so friendly! During my time here I really felt part of the team and everyone has been very welcoming.
I loved interacting with all the different departments. I was able to talk to the development team about my designs, went to an event with the marketing team and got lots of continued guidance and support from the DPs, as well as the UX team of course!
Noodle the Goldendoodle
If you could work for anyone or any brand in the world, who would it be?
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to work at Google, although I don’t really see myself going in that direction. So far I really enjoy agency life!
Who would play you in a movie?
Rachel Brosnahan - I loved her in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel!
Finally, would you recommend a programme like Inspiring Digital Leaders to others looking to start a career in digital?
In my opinion, Inspiring Digital Leaders is one of the best programmes out there for anyone interested in digital. You get to immerse yourself in the industry, expand your network and improve your skills - there really is no better way to get a head start in your career.
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.