An internship at spriteCloud
We’re hearing from spriteCloud’s Commercial team again this week. Our new Marketing Intern, Rebecca Hogg, talks about what she has learned in her first month.
Learning the value of software testing
When I joined spriteCloud a little under one month ago, I was a total beginner when it came to software testing. The concept is seemingly easy to explain, but as I’ve learned, it goes much deeper. For example, did you know how many different things you can test when it comes to software? spriteCloud provides services such as functional testing, test automation, performance and load testing and mobile testing, and it doesn’t stop there. I knew software was complicated, but this is a real specialty. I’m still only scratching the surface when it comes to fully understanding what software testing is, but what I have learned has taught me that testing is a vital step in the software development life cycle.
But, as our Business Development Manager said last week, the hardest part of our job is convincing clients that a dedicated testing partner is a useful, if not essential, resource to have at your side. spriteCloud are unique in that they are experts in a niche market segment and work alongside the client to get the best possible results. We work with influential people and successful brands, so we must be doing something right.
Not your average internship
The emphasis on working alongside the client also translates into the everyday company culture here, as we work alongside each other as a team. Everyone should look forward to going to work. A job shouldn’t just be something you do for 8 hours per day so that you can put food on the table and keep the lights on. It should be a place where you can join a team of likeminded individuals, contribute to a shared mission, and pursue professional goals. This isn’t only my youthful optimism talking. Research shows that happier workers are more productive workers, and this additional productivity benefits employers by improving the value of their employees.
I’m productive in my work and this is because I’m trusted to get the job done; as was repeated to me during the hiring process, this isn’t an ordinary internship. Internships can be precarious things, and sometimes you don’t know what experience you’ll come out with at the end of your tenure. I came to spriteCloud to put my interest in and knowledge of Marketing into practice and build a set of skills that would help me to pursue a career within the field, but I’ve already gained more than that. I’m heavily involved with traffic management – which is crucial to a smooth-running workplace – and my ideas for brand strategy and content marketing were being considered and implemented right from my first day. I’m not just helping; I’m at the forefront of spriteCloud’s marketing strategy. Like I said, this isn’t an ordinary internship: I’m expected to produce results. Additionally, common to the world of software and digital, we make use of Scrum and Agile in our work, which makes for a pleasant working atmosphere. Scrum and Agile are no longer buzzwords that I associate with tech; I know what they are now and how they can be applied in a real working environment.
This has been a great experience so far. I’ve been given a lot of freedom as an intern, and everyone trusts me to make an impact whilst I’m here. I know that I can ask for help when I need it, and if I have an idea I’d like to try, I can apply their well-beloved mantra: just do it. spriteCloud are good at what they do, so they obviously understand the necessity of testing things out.