A Hard Shift

We’re entering week 5 of my 10-week internship and the time has flown by. I’ve enjoyed my time so far with the team and am learning a ton about the business in a startup stage and what it’s like to work with a team that is non-stop.

This last week has been a strange one to say the least. I’m working through a radical change both with my internship and career in the web culture. As a team, we’ve started reading Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader. The first chapter has really messed with me. Andy talks about your personal strengths and how you should be concentrating on those strengths and not wasting time trying to develop a skill that isn’t a strength for you. By reading through what that means and through a number of other circumstances, I’ve had to admit and confess to myself that design is really not a strength of mine. Yes me, the 8BIT design intern. Ick.

So what does this mean?

I’ve decided to take a step back from design and try to concentrate on really what I feel is a strength of mine, which is front-end development. I absolutely love building websites and making them look pretty. However, I can’t make them look pretty without an initial beautiful design (probably from Jared). I have plans to really take a deep dive into studying HTML5 and CSS3 and improve my markup skills as a whole by studying CSS frameworks and best practices.

I’m still with 8BIT, John didn’t fire me, and I’m thankful for it. In fact, this is actually a really good thing because it’s gonna free me up to grow in a role better suited for me. I brought this up Friday at our team meeting and everyone was kind of shocked at first, but also extremely supportive. They reminded me that the 8BIT is the safest place to do a change such as this and want to help me succeed. It was both a humbling and uplifting experience. The details of what this specifically will look like for the rest of the internship have yet to surface, but one thing is for certain, we’re changing things for the better.