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When You Were in My Shoes: David


Our Lead Web Developer David is in this month’s ‘When You Were in My Shoes’ blog hot seat…

In previous blogs, I’ve sat down with my fellow Digital Marketing team members to find out more about how they got to where they are now. However this month, I wanted to step a little further out and so all eyes are on David. As part of my apprenticeship course, I have to study coding and so what better way of finding out what I need to know than from our very own expert coder?

What were you like at 18?

I’ll admit I was a bit of an idiot and relatively quiet. I was also pretty care free and didn’t really think too much about work or anything like that, hence going to university…

Did you have a clear vision of what you wanted to do in the future?

Not massively. When I was growing up, I actually wanted to be in the police, but it never materialised. I was always interested in computers when I was younger, so it made sense to pursue that. In all honesty, I only went to university because I didn’t want to get a job yet! 

Which university did you study at?

I studied Internet Computing at Manchester Met however I stayed at home and commuted there, rather than moving into town which I do regret a little.

Do you wish you had done anything differently during that time?

Nope not at all, during that time of my life it was the right thing for me. Luckily it all worked out and helped me to get to where I am.  

What was the deciding factor that you wanted to do this as your career? 

From studying what I did at university, along with the way tech was moving forward, it just made sense to go into this career. I’d previously done a few other jobs in ‘IT’ and I’m glad I made the move to be a web developer.

What would you tell your younger self?

Don’t worry about the future and enjoy yourself.

What advice would you give me as an apprentice?

Work hard and always listen to your gut. Only you will know if you are making the right decision. Also, don’t be afraid to try something because if it doesn’t work out, it’s not the end.

What do you think are the 3 most important things you need to succeed in this industry?

Ambition, self-belief and an approachable personality.

What age do you feel now? Why?

In my head I’m still 21… I like to do what I want, when I want and not worry too much about anything else haha!

What’s you proudest achievement in your career?

Still having a job… But seriously, winning 4 awards in the space of 2 years whilst working at P81 was a pretty good feeling, especially the “best creative agency”. As well as this, working on and seeing big results from Stockport County and Wolves football club websites has been amazing.

What’s the best thing about what you do?

The ability to do my job the way I want and knowing that the directors have full trust in me to get the job done. I also get the chance to work on a wide range of clients which keeps my mind busy.