Introducing another of our paid summer interns, Dan Savage, from Bath University. Dan’s studying Computer Science and Maths and in his few short weeks at Gradwell has already been a fantastic assistance to the technical team here at Gradwell. It’s always fantastic to see how much the interns get out of their time at Gradwell, and we, in turn, love having them around (though it does make some of us feel a little old ;).
So, without further ado, let’s hear from Dan about his first experiences in our technical team.
What made you choose Gradwell as the place you wanted to do your internship?
I became interested in Gradwell when I visited their stall at the University of Bath’s Summer Internship Fair. I liked the enthusiasm of the team and the direction of the company so decided to apply there and then! When I was interviewed, I really admired how relaxed the office environment was, despite being in the middle of Bath, and how there were lots of subdivisions in the company, giving it a diverse yet neighbourly feel. On top of this, getting paid a good wage is always a bonus!
Why did you want to do an internship, and how did this relate to your field of study and interests?
I wanted to do an internship because I wanted to get a feel for what working in the industry was like, and to learn from professionals. Fortunately, the department I work in is similar to the area I want a career in. I also get to apply a lot of what I have learnt from university to real world problems which is very rewarding.
What preconceptions did you have about working at Gradwell?
Before I came, I didn’t have much of a notion as to what I would be doing. I had been given a job title and was shown how the company worked, but I was a little nervous that there wasn’t really going to be a place for me there.
How did your preconceptions compare to the reality?
Upon arrival, my role at Gradwell was made very clear to me. I had a meeting with the company founder and CTO, Peter Gradwell, and we discussed a project (creating a dashboard to monitor equipment) which was a good fit for both me and the company. I was also included in the technical team meetings so I felt very much at home in my department.
What did you do in your first few weeks?
After getting set up with my new state-of-the-art equipment, doing the security training and meeting my department I got to dive straight into my project. Although the project goals had been decided on as a group, I was allowed to go about achieving them whichever way I thought best. It was comforting to know that while I could tackle a task in whichever method I wanted, there was always an experienced colleague close by to help whenever I got stuck.
What did you enjoy most?
My favourite thing is that I get to actively develop my skills as a programmer, work with front-line technology and actually contribute to a successful company, all at the same time. It’s a very satisfying feeling to accomplish things with industry professionals and to go home at the end of the day feeling like you’ve really improved your skills.
Coming straight from student life, it really is a difficult adjustment to work 9 – 5! There was also a lot to learn about the company tools which took some time to get used to.
How do you feel working at Gradwell could help you in the future?
I think it’s definitely going to help me in the immediate future with my course at university, since I’ll be used to working at an industry standard of programming. I also think my future prospect employers will see this experience as a serious asset when considering me as an applicant.
What are you looking forward to most of the coming weeks?
I’m very excited to see my project launch and watch other people actually use my dashboard to make their work easier.
Interested in Gradwell’s internship scheme? Contact Martin Lippiatt, our QC and Training Manager today!