July 18th, 2018 by Amy
This week we catch up with Alice to find out what happens in the life of a Junior Marketing Assistant.
I’m a psychology student from the University of Leeds doing a 6-month placement here at Lindar – I don’t commute from Leeds every day, however.
Everything OnlineBingo.co.uk related! This largely involves updating content on the website, such as reviews and promotions, but I also work on SEO-related strategies to help make OnlineBingo.co.uk even bigger and better (if that’s possible).
My day-to-day tasks can vary quite a lot but I’ll start the day by checking and responding to my many, many emails. 📩
I’ll usually move on to checking the site for anything that needs updating (e.g. dates, bonuses & offers, site descriptions) and then continue with the current project/research we’re working on.
We also have fortnightly team meetings so we’re all up-to-date with who’s doing what and discuss the next plan of action.
Something completely different. I had a 4-month placement shadowing a Clinical Psychologist at a Children & Adolescent Mental Health hospital.
It was interesting, but I decided that the clinical side of psychology wasn’t for me, so I turned to marketing.
Aside from having the privilege of sharing an office with a multi-viral comedian? It would probably have to be the friendly atmosphere as it makes it such a joy to come into the office. Also, the diversity of people and their roles is nice too.
I didn’t have much marketing experience before starting, so the hardest part was probably quickly getting up to scratch with my marketing knowledge – especially all the acronyms!
1. How to make a nearly perfect cup of tea. ☕
2. Trust yourself and go with your initiative – be confident!
I would most likely be doing a marketing placement at a different company, however as I was lucky enough to be offered a placement here I could start straight away.
It would have to be either going to the gym, buying more clothes I don’t need, and/or socialising with friends – whether that entails a coffee or an alcoholic beverage. 🍸
July 11th, 2018 by Amy
In our second instalment of In The Spotlight, we chat with our illustrator: Harley Cotgrove!
I’m a 26-year-old illustrator from Welwyn Garden City. I love listening to metal, watching cartoons, and changing my hair colour too often.
I’m responsible for designing creatives for the CRM team here at Lindar. I design images for emails they plan to send to customers, banners for affiliates, and creatives for blog posts. Recently I’ve started to dip my toe into web design which has been a nice change.
Well, the first thing I do when I sit down is open Spotify and pick a good playlist to listen to, ya know, help get the creative juices flowing.
Then it’s time to open up Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and turn to Trello which has a list of all the design briefs that need doing, and that’s it, I’m ready for the day!
I work my way through the list of things to do and when 5.30 comes, I pack up my things, go home, eat, sleep and repeat.
Firstly the work atmosphere at Lindar is great, it’s so relaxed and a fun place to be. The dress code is relaxed, we’re allowed to listen to our own music, plus there’s a constant stock of chocolate 🍫 in the fridge for us to help ourselves to — which is awesome!
Also, us designers have allocated ‘Fun Time’ Wednesday afternoons where we are allowed to explore new software/techniques to help us improve our skills. Since being here, I’ve learnt to create animations in Adobe After Effects, something I wouldn’t have had the time to learn otherwise.
I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 after studying Product Design. Shortly after I went onto my first ‘proper’ job working as a graphic designer for a licensed giftware company in Watford, but my true passion has always been to draw. 👩🏻🎨
So, when I saw Lindar was looking for illustrators I had to apply. I started in March 2016 and haven’t looked back!
I guess the hardest part is learning new programmes, new drawing styles, new techniques, that help assure you’re improving as a designer.
For example, I have just started to learn a little bit of web design. There’s so much more to it then making a page look pretty and it’s a lot to get your head round to start with. But, I feel like I’m slowly getting there, and it’s something I am determined to improve on… even if it can get a little frustrating at times.
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Avoid sticking to what you know and what your good at. Explore other avenues and experiment creatively. I feel my skills as a designer has grown a lot since working here because I’ve tried new things.
If I wasn’t at Lindar I would like to hope I would still be in a creative role. But I guess if I could pick anything, I would love to work as a freelance illustrator. The thought of working from home, drawing all day in my PJs sounds like a piece of heaven.
Drawing, of course! Nothing beats sitting down with my sketchbook, listening to my favourite bands and being creative. If there’s a rum and coke in hand –even better!
If you want to work with Harley, check out our vacancies to see if there’s a place for you on our team! 👍🏼