As some people may or may not have known, I am Linear Blue’s other apprentice alongside Jacob Unsworth. I am the Web Development Apprentice whereas he is the FileMaker Developer Apprentice. Although we work closely together, even our desks are across from each other, we both have completely different skillsets and work in completely different ways.
This is my side of the story about work here at Linear Blue.
As Jacob’s first blog explains, he had no idea what he was doing when he started. That being said, he had never heard or seen FileMaker previously and it was an entirely new program for him.
For me, it was completely different. I had had some previous website development experience working with a couple of frameworks. I had built websites for friends and family. I had contributed in the development of fansite webpages for various games. I had built my previous employers website which had some mild success in the local community. And I had also built my entire A-Level computing project in PHP, HTML & CSS and achieved a reasonable grade.
Jumping into a proper web development company felt like the right route to go for. Of course I expected a challenge and to learn a lot of the coming months and so far, I haven’t been disappointed.
I’m now 1 year and 3 months into my apprenticeship after starting mid-December 2012. I have learnt about frameworks, technologies and techniques that I doubt I wouldn’t have picked up anywhere else, let alone trying to take up web development as a career by my own.
WordPress has become a framework I have come to know and love. I’m starting to understand its full workings and also how to best use and optimise it for various different applications. I’ve even started trying to help the greater web development community with answering questions on StackOverflow and doing so quite successfully. (I’ve accumulated over 1000 points and was in the top 1% for March).
I’ve now only got a couple of months left of my apprenticeship. I’m starting to finish all the college work and the NVQ assessments to help get all the qualifications that come with the job. But the things I’ve actually learnt here within the workplace have helped me truly set my feet firmly on the ground and I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who doesn’t feel like university is for them.
At least that’s how I think I’m doing 🙂