Digital Wave is over for another year. Over 1,000 students attended, witnessing talks from some of the digital industry’s finest and meeting their potential future employers at our exhibition stands. Check out the highlights in our video from the 2016 conference or see what you missed if you weren’t able to make it. Digital Wave will return again in 2017.
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A big ‘thanks’ to all our speakers. You made Digital Wave 2016 really special. Take a look at who we had on the bill and what they spoke about.
Technical Evangelism Lead | Microsoft UK
What’s a Technology Evangelist? Andy set about explaining exactly what they are, why we need them, and how evangelists existing in all industries – as long as there is passion. Referencing other passionate individuals who have made big successes in short timeframes because of their deep love of a subject, Andy emphasised how authenticity and the art of storytelling are vital to passing on your passion to others.
As most people in their lives will work within a sales remit of some kind, his advice was that if you can explain something technical or complicated with energy and an infectious enthusiasm, you will become successful.
Creative Director | Tribal Worldwide
Ranging from things like ‘don’t hate maths’ to ‘being nice isn’t boring’, Victoria had 20 top tips that she would give to her younger self to share with the audience. She referred to her experiences throughout her career that have led her to form an understanding of the importance of proving yourself rather than thinking you’re the boss before you are.
She emphasised how making something now and drawing or writing down your ideas will further your development, and to be brave enough to chase your dreams. Girls can code – and should (as coders get paid well). Age isn’t a barrier in starting out in your career, so get making, get drawing and get good until you’re great.
Managing Director | Neo@Ogilvy
What does it take to ‘make it’ in the digital industry? Mary educated the audience on what skills they needed to become a part of the digital revolution and detailed a manifesto for them to live by. She set out to show how it doesn’t matter what your background is, there is a place for you in the digital industry.
Her advice was to show focus by getting qualifications under your belt; to start networking early and show off your personality on LinkedIn; and finally to make cool stuff so that you have original content to help you get a job. Essentially though, as long as you have the three Cs – courage, commitment, and collaboration, then you will go far.
Managing Director | Sunshine
Nadya shared the practical career tips she wished her careers advisor had given her when she was at school. Her talk focused on choosing a job, getting a job and staying in it. As most of the jobs that will be available in digital in the future don’t even exist yet, Nadya’s advice was to try different things out and not be scared of job-hopping.
A varied career will be beneficial in the future. With advice spanning from doing away with the traditional CV and covering letter in favour of telling a personal and tailored story, to dressing appropriately for work, Nadya had a plethora of useful tips for the next digital generation to help them get a head-start in their career.
Managing Director | Outpost
Danny has the rare opportunity of working on Hollywood titles such as Harry Potter and Star Wars in an agency outside of London. He is the MD at visual effects (VFX) company Outpost VFX right here in Dorset and he spoke to the audience about how he got to where he is today. Showcasing some of the exciting work you can create with visual effects, Danny talked about the kinds of jobs available in the VFX industry.
He championed the idea of becoming a specialist early in life to give yourself an edge over others, but stressed not to rush into educating yourself about a career if you’re not sure if it’s what you want. There’s no shame in deciding what you want to do later in life; university is an option at any age.
Social Media Innovation Officer | RNLI
Think that you can’t make a career out of social media? Think again. And if you’re saving lives in the process that all adds up to a pretty cool job. Luke’s talk was all about how technology is vital to getting a message out to the RNLI’s audience and how they can use it to bring the dangers of the sea and the work that they do into people’s peripheral.
Virtual Reality is just one way that technology enables them to do this more effectively. He loves his job because he gets to create things that other people share, gets to experiment with different platforms such as Instagram, and Snapchat, and even gets to collaborate with The Lab Bible to get in touch with his audience. His job is always changing and that’s what makes social media an exciting area to work in.
CEO | Wirehive
A Twitter trending topic was the inspiration for Robert’s talk - #firstsevenjobs. It reminded him that successful people still come from humble beginnings. Robert himself has yet to reach his seventh job, with his sixth being CEO of his own company. He took the audience on a journey from the past to the present, spoke about what he learned along the way, and how the internet was instrumental to his success.
He stressed that being nice to people and believing in yourself are essential to future success, and to not lose your enthusiasm for your passion even when faced with failure.
Developer Evangelist | Base
Panellist Jon was asked how to get experience when the jobs available in the future haven’t even been created yet. His advice was to start working in a smaller agency. You will learn something new every day and gain a broader knowledge of what you like and don’t like. He also advised the audience to go to as many events as possible and meet with people.
They’ll hire you based on your ability to learn and be passionate. There are so many opportunities out there ready for the taking, so don’t be lazy when it comes to your career.
Chief Product Officer | Crowdcube
During our panel Thor was a champion for working hard to get good grades. Many companies get hundreds – sometimes thousands of job applications every day, so having a good education could be the difference between getting an interview and getting turned down. But your grades will mean nothing if you can’t talk to people.
Learning people skills will give you an edge over others. He advised the audience to travel and explore the world to aid their development and to seek out rewarding projects to work on as it is an extraordinary feeling to work on something that has a positive effect on the world.
Marketing Apprentice | RNLI
Having recently finished life as an apprentice at the RNLI and landing herself a job in digital, Megan was on our panel to answer the audience’s questions on topics like how to develop contacts and the importance of an academic background in becoming successful. Her hands on advice included picking up the phone before applying for a job or opportunity and that apprenticeships are good for people who like to just get on with things, but that they aren’t an easy ride.
Her success was an example of what the students in the audience could achieve with her final piece of advice being to take as many opportunities as you can to help you get to where you want to be.Follow on Twitter
Client Engagement Director | Rarely Impossible
Looking for a job can be a daunting process. Panellist Claire urged the audience to favour a more ballsy approach than a traditional one to get the attention of would-be employers. Picking up the phone and having a conversation or even asking someone to meet you for a coffee could be the foot through the door that could kick-start your career.
Social media has opened the door to jobseekers. No longer do you need to solely rely on career advisors, you can take control into your own hands and use social media to network your way into a job.Follow on Twitter
Head of Innovation | Redweb
Throughout history there have always been jumps in human development that would shock a previous generation if they witnessed it, with some advances in human development being enough to shock someone to their death. Referencing this phenomenon, aptly titled the Death Progress Unit (DPU), David spoke of how for previous generations their DPU was hundreds, sometimes thousands of years apart. But for us it could less than 40 years away.
Technology is progressing at an ever increasing rate and the future will be here before we know it. David took the audience on a journey through time to speculate on what the future could hold and how they could contribute towards what is to come.
Executive Committee Member | BIMA
Wyndham has surfed the wave consulting with the likes of Nokia, Disney, Apple, Sky and MTV on how to blend creativity, technology and insight to build better products and brands. This experience has led to the creation of a lean sales and marketing philosophy, 180BeatsPerMinute, which he applies to traditional industry to transform their business performance.
He has recently been involved in the music Industry, as a partner of SuperBros, which he has worked with to make one of the UK’s fastest-growing agencies in this space. Since June 2016 Superbros has generated over 300m YouTube views for their artist roster. He feels very privileged to have had the opportunities he has had, and as part of the association BIMA he is focused on how to help the next generation of surfers find their wave.
CEO | Redweb
Echoing what some of our speakers said, Andrew emphasised the importance of making yourself stand out whilst he was speaking in our panel. CVs can be a bit dull, so find a more interesting way to get a potential employer’s attention.
Social media can work well and a message on a Saturday rather than a Monday morning could be the difference between your communication getting read or thrown in the bin. And if you don’t succeed the first time, don’t give up. Try again and believe in yourself as you will eventually get to where you want to be.
The following organisations attended Digital Wave to offer advice, answer questions from our students and show off some of their tech!
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