When you meet someone who describes their job as "nothing but a paid holiday" there can be little doubt that they love what they do, writes Martin Couzins.
Matthew Knight, a Web developer at design agency Deepend, overflows with enthusiasm for his job. He has been at Deepend for 15 months as a part of his work placement for the third year of a BA degree in Interactive Multimedia Communication at Wolverhampton University. And he is enjoying his work so much that he has arranged to continue working for Deepend while he finishes the final year of his degree.
Knight's work at the agency has been varied, with the past eight months spent on a Web projects for Telewest.co.uk, Ladbrokes' Best Bets and Scorecast Interactive TV services. "It is not rare for us to work on three or more projects at a time," he says.
He says his degree course has helped him with his work at Deepend. The creative element, communication and Web content helped him get to grips in a very design-led environment. "I have a broad background and I think that really helps because you do need an understanding of so many different disciplines," he explains.
And when Knight is coding and gets stuck he tucks into the manuals, something he thought he would never do. But that is what he likes about the work - its trial-and-error nature. "The best thing about this job is that you learn on the job," he says.
However, Knight still has to squeeze a year's study into his busy work schedule, which "should be interesting to say the least" he says.
Name: Matthew Knight
Job title: Web developer
Qualifications: currently studying for BA (hons) in Interactive Multimedia Communication at Wolverhampton University
IT skills: HTML, Perl, PHP
Hobbies: Coding, watching films, drinking, relaxing
Favourite film: The Matrix
Favourite pub: The Griffin, Shoreditch
Knight on Knight: ponce, unironed, uninhibited
This was first published in September 2000