Hello, my name is Emma and I’ve just joined the team here at Mixd! I have recently completed a Digital Media degree at the University of Leeds and I am due to get my results and impending degree classification soon (fingers crossed!).
During my time at university I was lucky enough to be selected for an exchange programme, resulting in me studying at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane for the year. In Australia I further developed and strengthened my skills and solidified my desire to pursue web development as a career. My year abroad also meant that I completed 4 years of university so I now feel like I’m more ready than ever to get started with my career!
Whilst studying in Australia, I was lucky that different term times meant I got a 4 month long summer holiday over Christmas and a chance to explore many nearby countries! I spent every last penny of my savings and travelled to New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia and the Philippines!
I’m a self-diagnosed sushi addict which lead to me working part time at a sushi restaurant for two years during university. I loved working in hospitality (said no-one, ever) because I love talking to and meeting new people and of course the free sushi almost daily was a pretty good bonus! Other than sushi and web development, I am a lover of travelling and makeup (…and One Direction but I like to pretend I’m past that phase – I’m not)!
At school I was passionate about Maths, ICT and Art. I was lucky that the subjects I enjoyed most at school were also the subjects I excelled at, so it made sense for me to pursue them further. I wanted to combine both my creative and artistic side with my love for all things digital and that’s when I came across the course at Leeds. If I’m honest, even though I applied to 5 courses across the UK, I knew I only wanted to go to Leeds because the course catered to all my needs and I’d heard so much about what a great city Leeds is. The wide choice of modules meant that I really could give everything a go, and I did!
I remember the very first module I did that involved coding, it was in the second semester of my first year. I knew immediately that I had found what I wanted to do in the future, because even after spending hours and hours on assignments and extremely late nights in the library, I found I was actually enjoying it, instead of finding it a drag!
Checking my emails in my final year of university and I’d received one from my course leader, notifying me of a 3-day intensive workshop ran by a digital agency in Harrogate. I was immediately interested and eager to gain an insight into the operations of a small digital agency and to learn new things. Fast forward to January 2018 and I had an incredibly valuable experience at the Work In The Web workshop, I learnt a substantial amount and I was left inspired by the passion and talent that filled the Mixd office. I was keen to be involved and be part of the team!
Six months, two interviews and multiple emails later, here I am! Starting as a Graduate Developer at Mixd and I couldn’t be happier.