This post comes from Iran Rajakaruna, a junior engineer who came to us through the Tin Alley Beta internship program.
Last summer was a big turning point in my life. I still remember the day that I came for an interview with Redbubble the same way that I remember any other first days in my life. I was excited, anxious and happy at the same time. My first impression of Redbubble was a beautiful experience, like love at first sight. I loved the funky office with bean bags, foosball table and free beers.
Let me go back a few months and start from where it all began. Last November, I was at RMIT University studying Software Engineering just like any other student. One day when I checked my inbox, I found an invitation from a program called Tin Alley Beta, sponsored by the University of Melbourne. If you haven’t heard it before, Tin Alley Beta is a place where Melbourne based startups meet fresh talent from universities. I recommend it for any university student who is studying in a related field and looking for work experience in a startup company. So that’s where I found this opportunity.
After a bit of research on the net about Redbubble, I found out that they are doing something awesome. Something really beautiful. Redbubble helps artists to publish their art on the website and earn money from their work by selling prints on a line of products such as t-shirts, hoodies, phone cases and notebooks. The great service they are doing is one of the reasons that drew me to apply for Redbubble.
At the next step of selection I was asked to complete a challenging coding exercise. On one Saturday morning, I sat down on my chair with the hope of getting the test done. After hours of writing code, refactoring and testing, I finished the test on Sunday evening and submitted with my fingers crossed. A few days later, I got a call for an interview and I ended up working at Redbubble.
From the very first day, I felt welcomed by everyone here. Everyone in my team genuinely expects me to contribute to what they are doing, proving the fact that not all internships are boring, “printing all day” jobs. Working here is not just a job that starts at 9 and finishes at 5 in the evening. It is an art here. Everyone is creating, innovating and building things to change the way that people think about art.
I hit the ground by joining DTS or data traffic and search team. Our goal was to let people find any product easily if that product is listed on our website. As part of that work, I was involved in implementing a new information architecture of products on our website. The work that we do in DTS helped me to realise that planning, innovation and being responsible is vital for delivering a great product.
Despite the fact that I am a young graduate among senior fellow workers, I feel very welcome in Redbubble. Every person I work here is friendly and helpful and they want me to grow both as an employee and a person. This made it feel great to be here in Redbubble everyday.
So what does work at Redbubble look like? We are a company with a casual work culture. Inside Redbubble, we have different teams working on one big goal: to make Redbubble the world’s largest marketplace for artists. Each team is independent and teams are free to choose their working style. Generally we have weekly iteration with the kick-off set to beginning of the week, with stand ups each morning and a showcase of the deliverables in the end.
There are many reasons to work at Redbubble. For me one of the great reasons is the assistance that Redbubble provide to grow as an individual. At Redbubble, we have a variety of personal and career development activities such as Shared Learnings, Coding Dojo, Book Club, Tech Showcase, Meditation programs, healthy massages and so on. I personally have developed my coding and analytical skills by attending to those. Not only writing code matters as a software developer it is also important to explain my idea or program to other work mates. That’s where Tech Showcases and Shared Learnings come in handy.
That’s all I have to say about how my summer internship ended up being my dream job. If you’re a university student and you like Redbubble’s vision, I encourage you to consider an internship here. I’ve had a great experience being part of a company that’s doing meaningful work to help artists connect with the rest of the world.