How would you describe your job?
I am a web developer, specialising in front end web development. That’s the technical term, but in reality I take finished, flat visuals and turn them into a fully functioning website with all the bells and whistles. I’m involved all the way through the build and spec’ing process of every website we create, working closely with designers and project managers from initial concept stages to the finished product that fits the client’s needs and requirements.
What does a typical working day look like?
Tasks vary from day-to-day, depending on the project I’m working on. But some things never change: I arrive at eight and get my machine booted up while I fill a bowl with some fresh fruit and yoghurt and chat to whoever is in the office. (If I’m not feeling too lazy, I cycle into work; it’s just 25 minutes each way with a short 5 minute ferry crossing.)
We use an in-house task and job management system called Compass which does just about everything here at Superrb - from managing jobs and creating invoices for clients, to logging hours and holidays. Once logged in, I can see a list of my open jobs and deadlines and get cracking accordingly. The office is open plan which encourages constant communication. This is great, but sometimes the buzz in the office can distract from a difficult task. That’s when the headphones go on, which generally puts up an invisible “do not disturb” sign.
We try to get out at lunchtime; the beach is just a few minutes walk away so the summer months are perfect for a stroll. In the winter, and when the stars align, we might be able to score some waves during our lunch break. We work on flexi-time, so as long as we fill our hours for the day (or week), we can come to the office as and when we please. That means when there is a decent swell approaching and no deadlines looming, we can get in the water before, after or even during working hours. Lunchtime surfs are my favourite meal of the day. After lunch, it’s back to the grind, with the occasional break for dog hugs and caffeine top-ups until 5pm when I try to beat the traffic back to Portsmouth.