First of all, let me introduce myself: my name is Mckinley Wood, and I am a grade 10 student at Coast Mountain Academy. Every February, the grade 10s at CMA are tasked with reaching out to a local business in a field they are interested in and completing a week of work experience (similar to an internship) with them. Since I’ve always been interested in programming and web design, I shot an email off to Marwick Marketing. They responded almost immediately, and after a bit of back and forth it looked like I had the job.
I was pretty nervous coming in for my first day. However, as soon as I walked in the door Angus immediately set me up with a desk and an email and made me feel right at home. As the rest of the staff trickled in, I was informed that everyone working here got to choose to work their hours whenever they wanted, and could just go out for a break whenever. I soon realized that it was basically the most chill work experience environment ever. Everyone was essentially just hanging out and talking about what they were working on.
On the first day of my internship, I learned how to use WordPress, the program they use to build websites for clients. I then made some writeups for a few community organizations they had worked with, and started adding them to the Marwick community page. I was a bit surprised at how much they trusted me to make the page up to their standards.
Once I finished with the community page, Matt set me up with my own subdomain. My assignment was to use WordPress to turn it into whatever my heart desired. I had a lot of fun with this one, creating a mock photography site with zoomed-in and blurry pictures of people’s faces. On Wednesday, Catherine showed me how to use a few plugins to optimize my site, among other things. Just a few changes brought my PageSpeed score from 64% to 96%.
Overall, my work experience at Marwick was a great experience. I learned a lot of things about SEO, about WordPress, and also about what it’s like to work at Marwick. I’d be interested to learn if other companies are this fun and relaxed, or if Marwick is just a “unicorn company” like Mary says. Either way, Marwick Marketing seems like a great place to work. Being in grade 10, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with my life, but my internship at Marwick left a very good impression.