Case study

Web designer — Jordan Webster

Jordan believes that his degree in web technologies was essential to getting a job as a web designer. He now uses his skills to help promote financial opportunities for all

How did you get your job?

I was moving to the Isle of Man, where RL360° Quantum is based and I found this position advertised on the Isle of Man Government website. I applied and had two interviews, one of which involved a technical test. I was offered the position after the second interview.

I found out about my first interview the day I arrived to live on the Island, so it has all moved very fast.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

It's essential.

My course covered a range of web and digital development including website, mobile applications, flash 3D animation and video. My role as online digital developer at RL360° Quantum covers a lot of these areas including website development, which covers both desktop and mobile using HTML5 and CSS.

I also work on developing website tools such as online calculators and this is mostly using PHP and JavaScript.

Another area of my work involves filming, editing and producing our own videos.

What do you do day-to-day?

My role is so interesting and varied that I don't have what you would consider a ‘typical’ working day. I have a variety of roles. Although usually I maintain and update the RL360° websites daily and work on the development of our new sites.

I'm responsible for monitoring and planning for the digital aspects of our business, as well as reacting to any issues that arise.

How has your role developed?

Since I started my job there has been a greater emphasis on digital content and mobile development and SEO has also developed.

I enjoy being involved in the development of our mobile responsive websites and would perhaps like to specialise in that area in future.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I work as part of the marketing services team within RL360° Quantum's marketing department, which is a little like its own self-contained advertising and digital agency. It means that while I have had the opportunity to learn about the financial services industry as part of my role, I have also been able to maintain skills that would be transferrable to any sector.

As the company embraces change at a fast-pace, there are always new projects and challenges to tackle. It means that we are always busy and it is important to prioritise my work according to the company's priorities. This does, however, mean that there's never a dull day.

What do other web designers need to know about working in this sector?

It's vital that you keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and development techniques. However, that doesn't mean that it's all about technical skills. You have to work on transferrable skills that would be relevant in a number of different sectors to maximise your career opportunities.

Finally, I'd say that you should ensure that you set up your own portfolio website to showcase your skills to potential employers.

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