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Our second perspective on the madhouse.

Our second perspective on the madhouse.

It’s a bit different here at Grapple. We’re a whole bunch of crazy; the special kind. We’re crazy about what we do and how we do it, in order to produce amazing work.

With this in mind, we introduce to you, Grapple Shorts. So you can better understand us, our values and the way we make decisions as a team and as a company. Second up, our digital developer, Tim Stringer…

Describe your job: what do you do?
I guess most people in our industry would describe what I do as a Full Stack development. One day I can be working with clients identifying and solving their technical problems. The next day I might be configuring a server ready for deployment of a new site. I might follow this up with some CSS animation making a site more engaging or running queries and tests on a database to establish why your site isn’t working. I’m a bit of an all-rounder and I love it that way it keeps what I do interesting and allows me to learn every day.

What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your job?
Being one of the more senior members of the team I need to be able to offer support and advice to the team daily. Problem-solving is definitely another one of my most used skills. Being able to cut through all the technical jargon and put things in simple terms for our clients is also something that comes in handy a lot of the time. Picking things up quickly is another sting on the bow as in the Grapple office we have plenty of different client industries with lots of different problems to solve. I also find it helps to be able to make a good brew when people are flagging.

What do you love about your job? What do you hate?
For me, the things I love about working at Grapple are the little things. There’s nothing better than hearing what you’re thinking coming out of someone else’s mouth. The atmosphere in the office is another thing I love about work we know when things need to be serious but most of the time it’s just like spending 8hrs a day with some of your best mates. We’re a close bunch and we’re on the same wavelength on a lot of things sense of humour is definitely one of these things. Above anything else, it feels like we’re a family.

I’m not sure there’s anything I can think of right now that I hate about my job but I guess that’s only a good thing.

How did you get started in digital?
I haven’t always worked in digital and found my way into it completely by accident. I’d gone back to university to study as my life was not really going anywhere with the job I was doing at the time. One day I’d just completed a career aptitude test and it suggested that I should work in “Interactive Media” to this point I didn’t even know what that was. I found a flyer in the foyer in the reception of the university and on that day I changed my course and have never looked back since. Working all around Yorkshire in a range of different roles I’ve gained plenty of experience in the last 7 years.

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to break into the industry?
If you are really serious about getting into digital then opposite to a lot of people I would recommend finding a good university running a relevant program to your ideal career path and then commit to it! University provides you with the opportunity to fail in a safe environment with your designs or your solutions and not impact on others. Once you leave you won’t be ready to run your own agency but you should be ready to become part of a great team somewhere, maybe even here!

What would a “perfect” day at Grapple look like for you?
I’d be in at my normal 8:15 and have the Sonos on early before the rest of the office gets in blaring out some 90’s indie. I’d pop into the kitchen to make my scrambled eggs on toast and be ready to start by the time most people are walking through the door. I think there would be a kick-off meeting in there somewhere because there’s no better feeling that starting a new project and having a clean slate. I’d probably spend most of the day coding as that’s my main passion and when I’m in the zone the time just flies.