Behind the yellow door: an intern’s view
By Yellow Door Collective
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If the name Yellow Door Collective was anything to go by, I should not have been surprised to be met with an office door painted bright yellow. But I was. Why? Even though Yellow Door is a small agency and I should have been prepared for an intimate working atmosphere, I was fresh out of university with no office experience. I had a picture in my head that the corporate world was one of dull office spaces, professional attire and uninspiring small talk in the office kitchen.
On the day of my interview, I realised I was wrong. My experience at Yellow Door was to be anything but dull.
The space is inviting and full of colour. The Yellow Door team work in one room together and office chats range from what we did on the weekend to ‘you look like a superhero with those arm braces, Ant’. If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the first time I heard a phone alert ringing I soon found out it was only a reminder that it was time for Dom, one of the co-founders to stretch! Well, that was pretty non-corporate if you ask me. Oh, and did I mention that there is an in-house singer?
Into the deep end
Besides learning that the business world doesn’t necessarily align with the cubicle offices you see in Suits, I was thrown into a fast-paced working pool and kindly told ‘now swim’. Yes, I performed typical intern tasks such as collecting the post and restocking the fridge with yoghurt, but I was also given the opportunity to take on real-world responsibilities.
I learned how to conduct competitor research, schedule social media updates and write blog posts that are aligned with a brand’s tone of voice. I was tasked with creating content for clients. I was even trusted in putting together marketing strategies and brand style guides. They were edited, of course, but I was a part of it.
I think that’s the essence of Yellow Door. You are part of the team no matter your position. Team members help each other and lean on each other. I was the new girl. But I was made to feel like an old friend.
If there was one suggestion I could make to Yellow Door it would be this: place a ‘welcome’ mat at your office door, because that’s how I felt from the minute I walked in to the day I waved goodbye.
By Lindsay Llewellyn