End of Placement Reflections
Working for Electra these past 10 weeks has been an absolute dream. The time has gone by very quickly and I’ve had so much fun! Placement has built my confidence up to a level I don’t think I have ever reached before. I was especially surprised to feel so comfortable after two years of pretty much constant isolation.
In my interview with Electra prior to starting the placement, they mentioned that I would be shadowing and helping to build a slide for a client. Well, I got the chance to treat Electra as the client as they tasked me with a revival of one of their own eLearning modules which was created on an older software.
During my weeks as part of the marketing team, their main goal was to see what I could design from a fresh point of view; a new thought process. I tried to incorporate that into the design of the eLearning module when I first started building. I found myself with similar animations to the original because I had used them as reference. From the third slide and onwards I was able to look at the script and build the slide from there, it felt a lot better to have my own original thoughts and to get the approval of other eLearning designers too.
I was lucky enough to be able to come into the office around halfway through my placement, it was only one day a week, but I looked forward to it. Being in the office environment helped me focus a lot more (if you have a pet you’ll understand) and it was great to meet people face-to-face. I really underestimated Stuart’s height after only speaking to him through video calls for weeks on end!
Electra celebrated its 25th Anniversary with which I got to participate. We went out for a meal and drinks at the Dutch Mill. I had such a great time getting to know them more personally, we celebrated the rest of the night at the office common area after being politely told to leave by the Dutch Mill. I think Skerry was flattered to be kicked out a bar for the first time, it was all a good laugh. I think the only downside to the night out was the realisation I only had one week left.
At Electra, I have benefited greatly from the workload I was given. I feel more confident in my abilities as a graphic designer. Using Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, and Articulate Storyline nearly every day has allowed me to improve on my skills and get into good habits. I feel very proud of myself for being able to navigate a new software – obviously I had help and the work I’ve done can be improved – but it’s a hell of a start!
Electra, it’s been a blast.
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