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My work experience week at Atomic Smash – Isabelle

Words byMegan HowellJuly 31, 2018

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Last week we were delighted to welcome Isabelle Keller into our studio for a week’s work experience, where she received a taste of what it is like to work in a studio and learn about UX. Isabelle is a student going into her third year of university at UWE and wanted to find out if UX design was something she wished to pursue after her degree. In this post, Isabelle talks about her week at Atomic Smash, what she got up to, and what she would like to do in the future.

What has it been like to spend a week at Atomic Smash?

Spending the week at Atomic Smash has been fun, insightful and I feel like I’ve really got a
feel for what it is like to work for a digital company like this one. I wasn’t sure beforehand
what it would be like to work in this type of environment but the communal and open
workspace, where everyone can easily talk to each other and discuss projects, was a lovely place to be
in. When you’re a student it’s hard to decide what you want to do after you have completed
your studies and have to enter the grown-up world, but everyone on the team has really
helped me to understand what I am interested in and where I can go in my career after

What is your highlight of the week?

The highlight of this week for me is the wide range of work that I have been able to do, from
creating empathy maps to developing wireframes, as well as learning more about the
principles of UX as a whole. Having the opportunity to fully experience what it would be like
to be a UX designer and seeing all the different types of clients they get the chance to work
with and produce work for has been great. I can’t thank everyone at Atomic Smash enough
for the opportunity and for welcoming me into the team, it has been great to work with
everyone and I have learnt a lot that I will be able to take with me into my future work.

Empathy mapping and persona generation - work experience

What has been the most important thing you have learned?

The most important thing that I have learnt this week is that there is always room for
improvement, especially when it comes to web design and user experience. There is always
a small change that could be made to improve the way someone uses or perceives your
product. This is definitely something that I will take on with me when I am completing
projects of my own as I think it’s important to always learn new things, you just have to go
out and find it.

Has anything surprised you about working as a designer?

The thing that surprised me most was how much communication there is between the
members of the team when they are working on projects. I can see now how important it is
to keep up-to-date with what everyone is working on and how projects are developing,
especially when it comes to UX development.

What are the next steps for you after university?

After graduation, I’m hoping to develop my skills further and get a job in UX and hopefully
stay in Bristol as I love this city and can’t imagine leaving after three years of living here. This
work experience has given me the confidence and inspiration I need to complete my
creative project in my final year of university as I was worried about not knowing what route
to go down and how I would carry out a whole project by myself to get my degree.

Workshop questions with post-it notes - work experience

Do you have any advice for someone who is looking for a placement or work experience?

My advice for anyone that is looking for a placement is to:

  • Think about what you are interested in and do research into what types of jobs are
    available for this area
  • Don’t just rely on the go-to websites for placements and jobs to find something
  • Look for any companies that do the work you’re interested in and contact them to
    see if they have anything available, there won’t always be an opportunity but it’s
    always good to get in touch as there may be a chance later on.
  • Keep an eye out for anything that the university posts online – lots of companies will
    get in touch looking for someone to help out in the holidays or in free time.
  • I’ve found that in the digital/design world people are always happy to see you are
    keen to get involved.

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