So today brings to a close our #NewJobJune week here at Redgate Product Development and via our Ingeniously Simple Medium page.
Our aim for this week was to share career advice, top tips and examples of our own Redgaters work history.
Because we want to show that you don’t need to be a University graduate or bedroom designer or developer who has been doing this since they could walk.
As you’ll have seen this week from our own career journeys, we have a real mix of experience and histories here at Redgate. Plenty of our team have come from a University background, but plenty more have come from other walks of life and experiences.
We also wanted to share the top tips and advice from our own team members, many of whom interview potential candidates here to show you that its not about miles on the clock or how many online courses you’ve taken to demonstrate your knowledge — these certainly all help but it’s not the be all and end all.
One of the over-riding themes of this week has been the focus on attitude and mindset. If you are keen to learn and have a positive and inquisitive mind then this tends to be the difference when it comes to getting a job.
Matt (Our Head of Design) and Chris (One of our Product Designers) talked about ‘showing your working’ in their own posts, and we think this is crucial — not just for designer roles either! Being able to talk through what you are doing when you are solving a user problem, or demonstrating via a portfolio of work the design & development contribution you have given is crucial to helping others understand your skills and knowledge.
With regards to attitude, this is an absolute must If you want to have a successful career in design or development. Being able to work as part of a team, communicate, collaborate and solve tricky problems all comes down to your attitude. In our Product Development teams we foster a culture of continuous learning, but in order to do this there needs to be a want on the part of the person to learn. We can teach you the skills, we can’t teach you the attitude!
We’d like to thank all of our contributors this week for sharing their own journeys and to all of you who got involved, offered advice or wanted to know more. We’ll continue to share tips and tricks on our channels over the coming months and our Redgaters are always happy to offer advice and support to anyone considering a career in development and design roles.
For now we’re off for a well-earned rest.
Look out for our next feature week in the next month which is focused on how to get a job here at Redgate!