Oliver Martin - Placement Year Blog #1 turn off the lights.

Oliver Martin - Placement Year Blog #1

My name is Oliver, and I’m currently on a placement year at Dynamic. I’m studying New Media at the University of Leeds which offers a unique and extensive range of modules from Web Programming and Motion Graphics to Communication Research and Public Relations.

I was introduced to Dynamic when they appeared as a guest lecturer in one of my modules, ‘Working in New Media’. I was intrigued, and found the presentation very interesting due to the direction eLearning was moving. I contacted Dynamic and to my delight, I was offered a 12-month placement as a Creative Developer, after completing their competitive recruitment and selection process.

I’ve always been enthusiastic about the creative media sector and I believe that this opportunity will allow me to express my creative side and also get a feeling of what it is like to work within the industry.

I’ve been with the company for over a month now and I feel that I’ve settled into the role and become part of the team. My first week mainly consisted of training (software tutorials, company policies, etc.). In my second week, I moved on to more practical work.

The software that I’m primarily focused on is Articulate Storyline 2. I’ve never used this software before, however, after some initial training, I’ve picked it up relatively quickly.
I was allocated to convert a Flash eLearning module to Storyline 2 – this was my first major challenge. After several days of working on the conversion, it felt like a real achievement
to say that I’d finished my first ever eLearning module.

I’ve also touched upon other areas of work such as After Effects, which I had a small amount of experience in. This included techniques such as keying, masking and subtitling.

To say that I’m only in my sixth week, I’ve learnt an excessive amount of new skills that I’ll be able to develop on and apply to future projects.

I also got the opportunity to attend a film shoot which was going to be used as a ‘buddy’ clip for one of the modules. Even though I’ve touched upon camera and editing slightly at university, to put it into a real-life scenario was a great experience. I learned a great deal about the equipment and standard procedures used.

Alongside work duties, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in social activities. I’m a keen footballer, so the opportunity to play with some of the staff in a 5-a-side game on a weekly basis was fantastic (although some were not impressed that I support Sheffield Wednesday). There’s also been a fun atmosphere, taking part in the lunch time EURO 2016 Tournament.

Overall, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first month at the company and have already met some great people and look forward to the remainder of my placement.

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