Web developer, designer:
Bevan S. Calo ("BEE-van KAY-loh")
I am one of three web developer-designers for tmg3.com, the Internet division of The Meridian Group, a marketing communications company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia (where I work) -- with satellite offices in South Carolina and Florida.
Basically, I work closely with the creative department and tmg3.com to create user-friendly, graphically pleasing Web sites for our clients and provide regular Web site maintenance and updates.
We've handled a variety of Web sites from power tools (stihlusa.com) to resorts (kingsmill.com) and local up-and-coming rock bands (lucky-town.com). I've been in this biz since I graduated in May 1999.
Close to two years.
I'm 27, and a Scorpio (Ox in Chinese astrology).
I have a B.A. in English journalism and an M.A. in English (professional writing) -- both from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. (How I got into Web development from here is still a mystery to me.)
One of my college professors who taught a few HTML courses and a fellow student suggested I apply. Before I knew it, I was doing several e-mail interviews that finally landed me the job.
Approximately eight hours, 9 to 6 Monday through Friday, excluding the one-hour lunch. Sometimes we can stay as late as midnight and have to come in on weekends to get a project done on time, but that's an extreme rarity.
Check e-mail and (shameless plug) read mycnn.com and cnn.com.
Usually about 1 p.m. I have an assortment of canned soups stashed in my desk since my boss is such a slave driver. (Just kidding!)
Meeting deadlines most definitely makes the office tense. People are scrambling to get the job done on time and it puts a great deal of pressure on our team to finish without error. Miscommunication also provides some tension between the company's departments.
|"I never take my work home with me. It's such a terrible thing to use up your relaxation time to do work. It only adds more unnecessary stress to your life. You might as well stay at the office and get it done so you don't have to worry about it."|
It's good when work flow is smooth (or next to nil), everything online is working correctly, no clients are calling about problems and my co-workers are generally in a good mood. (That and being able to surf the Web without getting caught.)
I never take my work home with me. It's such a terrible thing to use up your relaxation time to do work. It only adds more unnecessary stress to your life. You might as well stay at the office and get it done so you don't have to worry about it.
(Fishing out the company rulebook:) "tmg3.com is an Internet marketing and Web site development firm whose sole focus and passion is defining and developing Web sites that get results for our clients." Does that sum it up nicely?
No, but the cushy benefits and staying power of the job will support me for quite some time while I work at my dream job (see below).
A full-time horror novelist and screenplay writer. Or a comic book illustrator.
Lying to my face (and then finding out they did it from someone else).
I usually squeeze in a few rounds on our dart board (with our current trouble-client on the bull's-eye), play a game of foosball with some of my co-workers, blast a couple of aliens on our PlayStation or listen to my wide array of music (from drum 'n' bass to Poe and even Dixie Chicks).
There are a lot of worse jobs I could be doing. Plus, I get to wear T-shirts and jeans to work. Where else can I do that without doing some manual labor?
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