During my time of being a web developer for Roundpeg, I have learned so many things. I was even able to share some of those things with you in my past blog posts. This has been my first big girl job after college, and shoutout to Starbucks for employing me when I was a minimally available college student! I was able to learn and grow in this position, and I’ve been able to learn what it’s like to be a developer for a marketing agency. Agency life is no joke, and I’ve been so happy to work on such a wide variety of sites during my time here.
As I leave, I want to pass on a couple of the things that I learned during my time here at the Peg.
I’ve always been a very easy going and adaptable person, and I have learned that that vibe lends itself well to this job. It’s so easy to get caught up in client critiques of websites or mockups or whatever. Just take a deep breath, nod your head, and do your best to either make the changes or work on a compromise.
And one more hot tip: never show the client something you don’t like because they will inevitably love it.
While it’s easy to just put your head down and get to work on stuff, sometimes it’s okay to put trust into the people around you. It’s okay to consult your coworkers on things that they may or may not know more about, and you’re never weak for asking questions.
It’s okay to like and be friends with your co-workers. Friendship is difficult in adulthood, and I feel like I’ve succeeded in some way if I’m able to identify those other folks who sit around me all day as friends.
Perfectionism is a direct enemy of creativity. Don’t let the idea of doing something perfectly stop you from trying something new. When you’re a kid, having fun is the utmost priority, so you do soccer and ballet and band and karate and boy scouts. You quit doing the activities that don’t make you happy, and you get better at the hobbies that you want to practice more. Do things that make you happy, and don’t let the idea that you won’t be good at it stop you from even starting.
I will be leaving Roundpeg to go back to school for a while; I want to be a better developer. I wish all Roundpeg employees – past, present, and future – nothing but the best. I have no doubt that the websites after my departure will be great sites. Keep eating cheese, keep playing Jeopardy, and keep being excited about the world.
Editors note: We wish Melanie all the best as she begins her next big adventure. She leaves behind big shoes to fill. If you think you have what it takes to be a web specialist on the Roundpeg team apply here.