Posted on 16/07/2020

Meet Billy, Our Web Developer

We have a great team here at Umber Creative, who work really hard to do a stellar job for our clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them! So, we want you to get to know them a little better, find out what makes them tick, what they love about their job and finally settle the age old debate on how to make a good old brew.

Withernsea lad, Billy, is a keen problem solver, and has spent the last couple of years learning his craft, he’s already a valuable asset to the agency. He helps to support our clients with everything from web updates to design projects and his work is always of the highest quality. We had a chat with Billy to find out how he’s enjoying his Umber experience so far and where his passion for coding came from...

What’s your previous career/education history?

Prior to joining Umber in 2018 I studied Psychology, History and English Literature at Withernsea High School’s Sixth Form, which may give you the clue that I didn’t know the career path I wanted to take when I chose my subjects!

What’s your current role and what does it involve?

I’ve recently completed my Apprenticeship as a Web Developer, which means I get to try a bit of everything from updating client websites with small text amends to creating full front-end websites following designs I’m given. Even after my apprenticeship I’m always learning, so my role gradually changes as I learn new skills.

Why did you choose to join Umber Creative?

After school, I realised formal learning wasn’t right for me, and I would rather learn whilst working. So, I started looking into apprenticeships and saw the opportunity to start working in a field I’m really interested in, and I knew I had to apply. I was so sure that I wanted to join Umber that I started teaching myself more of the basics right away in the hopes of impressing the team and being chosen!

Why did this career appeal to you?

Like most people my age, I’ve grown-up with computers around me. This sparked an interest in how they work and how to create things using them. I started coding by modding PC video games, adjusting files to see if I could get things to work. I find it so satisfying to solve a problem by changing seemingly random lines of text in a file!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

As previously mentioned, I really enjoy the feeling of satisfaction as I solve a problem and complete a project. Starting a brand new project and finally seeing it look like the design I was handed at the start is a very rewarding experience for me.

Top piece of advice for young people who’d like to enter the industry?

Start teaching yourself the basics. There’s plenty of resources online that can help you get started and doing so will give you a head start over other people who want to be developers, but are waiting for guidance from someone else.

You’re making a cuppa. What goes in first... milk or tea bag?

I don’t drink tea (pause for gasps from the audience), but even I know that the tea bag needs to go in first, and the milk last.

What’s your pet peeve?

Eating with people or having people eat around me is the source of the majority of my pet peeves. People eating loudly, talking with their mouths full or the very worst is my Dad’s strange habit of eating burger buns with a knife and fork before the burger.

You have £1 million pounds. How do you spend it?

I’d probably just save most of it, maybe move to Hull so I can walk to work in the morning. 

What’s the best thing about working in Hull?

I find the people here are more friendly than in other cities, and this makes it a much nicer place to work. That and chip spice, obviously.

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