It was an odd situation working virtually and only being able to communicate online, but I learned to adapt. I sent my ideas, concepts and final designs to Dexter ensuring that he was a part of the design process and was happy with the end product. Conversing through email was no issue as I got fast responses and any advice or instructions on what to do next were clear and detailed. Working to a deadline meant that I had to work efficiently – being organised was key and I look forward to using this skill in the future, especially throughout my university course. I found the briefs enjoyable as I was able to be creative. For each project, I’d mock up three concept ideas which I sent to Dexter who would then discuss these with the wider team, in particular, Susan Higgins, Head of Communications. They would then give feedback, often with preferences and suggested amends, before I got to work on a final design. Overall, the feedback Dexter and Susan gave me was very positive and the experience has given me a massive boost in confidence which I hope will stay with me well into my second year at university.
As part of my virtual experience, I also joined an Edge team meeting, which was a little daunting at first as I had no idea what to expect having never been an intern before. However, the greeting I received from the whole Edge team on the zoom call was very reassuring and they spoke to me as a respected professional. I left the call feeling reassured and relieved!
The top piece of advice I would give to an intern and one that is certainly going to stick with me is - don’t ever underestimate yourself! It is often very easy to be afraid of doing something new and to be afraid of creating unique designs but bringing a new perspective, and fresh ideas is what brings value to employers and ultimately makes us stand out.