A Day In The Life Of Curtis Munkley

Want to know what a Web Developer gets up to on a day to day basis?  Find out what do they do? How do they do it? Our very own Web Developer, Curtis Munkley will help get those questions answered.

Describe your role as a Web Developer.
As a web developer, I am responsible for developing the in-house internal software that aid our account managers and clients. I also work on any websites for Mabo events such as our client conference site and our upcoming event in Newcastle so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Please talk us through a typical working day for you at Mabo.
I usually get in at around 8am to check my emails and recap what work was done the day before. 

From 9am onwards I’ll likely be working on one of our ongoing projects alongside the rest of the development team.

12:30pm is dinner time which also gives me an opportunity to wallop my coworkers at FIFA and ping pong. 

1:30pm I’m back to work and usually switching to another project to work on as variation in work definitely helps, especially in development. Revisiting something with a fresh set of eyes later can make a world of difference.

From 4pm till finish is when I’ll try to diagnose any tracking issues from our account managers for their clients. From there, our account managers can notify their clients with what changes need to be made to their site. 

What is the best thing about working at Mabo?
The people and the atmosphere. Everyone in the office gets along with each other and that makes for a really good place to work. The Mabo socials are also great fun and give us chance to all get together outside of the office.

What is the most challenging part of your role?
As a developer, you’re constantly being challenged with new ideas and ways of doing things. Keeping up can sometimes be challenging but definitely makes it all the more satisfying once you finally crack it.

If you could give one piece of advice for someone who is looking for a role in web development what would it be?
Be willing to adapt and learn. As previously mentioned, you’ll always be introduced into new things and ways of doing things. So welcoming change and embracing it will definitely make you a better developer.

What was your first job?
Before Mabo, I worked as a customer assistant at M&S for five years. I can’t say I miss it very much. 

What book are you reading at the minute?
I don’t really read as much as I should but I’ve got Peter Crouch’s How to be a Footballer on the go at the minute. He’s surprisingly down to earth and very funny.

What is your favourite quote?
If you’re not laughing, you’re not living. 

Name the top 3 things on your bucket list.
– Go to Glastonbury. This is particularly relevant at the minute because I’m extremely jealous of everyone there!
– Go to a World Cup.
– Visit South America.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Michael Scott

Who are your favourite band?
This changes every week for me but overall I’d have to say Arctic Monkeys. 

Name your favourite movie?
Superbad. Easily the funniest, most rewatchable film ever.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
A Fireman.

What do you like to do for fun?
Outside of work my passions include football and music so you’ll usually catch me watching or playing footy or at a gig/festival.

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