At Brevo, we believe in nurturing young talent. In fact, a handful of our current team members began their careers working for us as interns! This includes Driggs, a young creative who first joined the team last July as an art intern and is currently our newest full-time graphic designer.
We spoke with Driggs about the various lessons he gathered from his internship, and how it has informed and enriched his first job post-university. Read his story below!
The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
I was looking for some agencies with internship openings since I wanted to gain experience as a graphic designer. Mainly: I wanted to make sure that this was a career path that I actually wanted to pursue. Compared to the other agencies that were offering internships, Brevo stood out the most to me as it had something that others didn’t: it looked fun. Everywhere else felt like a boring job with mundane activities, while Brevo designed their internship like a creative bootcamp. With this, I decided to take a leap of faith and join Brevo.
Although I was just an intern, I loved how I was already treated like a fellow coworker. I wasn’t excluded from company meetings or brainstorm activities—I was actually pushed to even state and contribute my ideas. I felt really welcomed, and that made me want to work even more with Brevo.
Initially, I was a bit overwhelmed with managing my time and internship tasks. I usually critique myself a lot when I’m designing a piece, and that makes me take longer in accomplishing my tasks. Working with Brevo taught me that there has to be a balance between quality and time. As much as I’d like to spend time making a poster look “perfect,” I have to remember that I’m working with other people who will also be affected by the time I send my work. It taught me to be less of a perfectionist by considering the time of others.
By early November last year, a month after my graduation, I was set on finding a job as a graphic designer but I didn’t know where to start. Since my internship ended, I decided that I wanted to work with Brevo again. I already knew that I liked the people and their workflow, so I thought working with them would be ideal. Thankfully, Aaron from accounts reached out to me and asked if I was interested in being a full-time graphic designer. I happily accepted the offer.
Compared to when I was just interning, I love designing now knowing that what I do carries more weight. As a full-time graphic designer, I realize how I’m no longer an intern looking for experience. I love that what I do helps both Brevo and our clients grow even more as companies.
It’s only been less than a year since my internship, but Brevo's already changed a lot. In fact, a few of my coworkers were promoted! It makes me feel excited knowing that I’m working in a company that constantly changes and makes it a point to continually grow.
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