Wednesday 11 March 2020
First year BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development student Kat Wlodarczyk has recently returned from a ‘Work in the Web’ workshop, designed for students wanting to get into the web industry. We caught up with Kat to find out more about her experiences, and what she learnt from the experience.
“One of my resolutions for this year was to try and say yes to new opportunities. An e-mail from my course leader about ‘A Work in the Web’ workshop was one of those opportunities so I didn’t hesitate to apply. Work in the Web is a three-day development workshop for students who want to work in the web industry.
The initiative is by an agency called Mixd, based in Leeds – and has been running since 2014. It’s their way to give back and help out new generations of programmers to learn about the industry, new skills and get the insight of what it’s like in the real dev world. This year, I was one of the 20 lucky people who successfully got a place. The event took place in Leeds, in the Mixd headquarters. When I got an acceptance letter, I was excited but also anxious about the cost of travel and accommodation. Thankfully the University gladly agreed to help out and cover the cost of train and hotel.
The workshop was a great adventure and I am so glad I was able to go and be part of it. All three days were filled with talks and panels on topics like workflow, responsive design, using the command line, launching a website and many more. On top of that, we could talk with various people who are already working in the industry, hear their stories and learn from their experience.
Spending time with like-minded people was great and very inspiring. I realised that I’m not as introvert as I think I am. The more I go and do stuff that scares me, the more I enjoy doing them.
Attending ‘Work in the Web’ has also reassured me that what we are taught in Uni, is really what we’ll be using after we graduate! It’s great to know that the course I’m undertaking has an up to date curriculum.
Lastly, I realised at the workshop that imposter syndrome happens to everybody, no matter your position or level of knowledge. So instead of trying to be better than other people, be better than you from the past.
I’d really recommend other computing students take part in next year’s edition of WITW - the positive vibe during the workshop is amazing and you get to connect with many talented people.”
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