I believe that it doesn't matter what age you are or what your previous experience is, any new opportunity to learn and get involved is a great learning curve.
Before I started working at MadeByShape I was a web designer and developer for a small local IT company. I've always been ambitious and hard working, and I love what I do. After 5 years in the industry I didn't feel like I was being used for my full potential and that I'd learnt all I could. I knew it was time to move onto a new and more challenging job.
After searching online and looking at award winning sites I came across MadeByShape. They were a small, young team who obviously loved what they did and they created amazing functional websites. Unfortunately they weren't hiring anyone at the time but I was still very eager to get in touch and show them my portfolio.
My work experience at MadeByShape
Unlike most companies, Andy the co-founder emailed me back straight away and was happy for me to come in for a meeting. He was super friendly and encouraging. He sadly couldn't offer me a job because I lacked experience with Craft CMS, but because I was eager to learn and show what I had to offer, Andy was willing to give me 2 weeks work experience.
I learnt so much in those 2 weeks and my time there was very productive. It was a great experience and even though those 2 weeks might have been the only time I was there for, they made me feel really welcome and they were happy to help me with anything I got stuck with. I really felt like part of the team.