Today at work, more than ever, it struck me that even the most exciting projects have a heck of a lot of tedious work behind them if they’re going to be GOOD, and if they’re going to make it big. I also understand now, far more than before, how very important it is to work in a team and have intelligent thinking people to have discussions with. Not technical people, not people with a knowledge of whatever field the project is working in, just people who think about the world and about life. [It made me miss you a lot, Dom =)]
I was determined to get a placement because I knew that employers loved them in graduates, but I honestly didn’t really think I’d learn anything new about, say, project management, the importance of ordering thought processes (was it really only a few months ago I favoured a chaotic approach and disdained anyone who suggested otherwise? I have a much more complete view of the picture now, for sure). It’s true though, real experience is worth it’s weight in gold. There’s nothing like a presentation everyone knows you’ve made going up in front of the company and someone spotting a mistake and pointing it out – there’s nothing like sheer embarrassment – for getting you to pay attention to detail. In some strange way, I can deal with a few marks lost because of a mistake, but I can’t deal with intelligent, talented people I respect thinking I’m sloppy. I’ve picked up a lot of technical skills here at Xbridge for sure, and my design eye has refined itself a lot as well, but it’s scary, I actually value the discipline/processes I’ve learned here more than that, which I’m sure just come with time anyway.