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What to expect at Talent2018: Jobs Fair

Not long now until the Talent2018: Jobs Fair, an opportunity to check out all the fantastic digital, media and tech job opportunities with great companies from in and around Brighton.

So, you’ve registered your free ticket, but what exactly can you expect from the day?

The Jobs Fair is on the 5th June, 11am – 4pm at Brighton Dome in central Brighton. There will be over 30 companies, industry talks, VR demos and CV Clinics. On arrival, you’ll receive a special Talent2018 goodie bag including a guide with more information about the event, where you can find each company and when each talk is being held (here’s a digital version of the guide if you’d like to take a look before the day).

The companies.

In the café-bar area, you’ll find some cool immersive VR demos from Make Real and the University of Brighton, with most of the companies situated in the concert hall. All the companies taking part are actively hiring and have a range of job opportunities in various areas of the digital world. But if you’re looking for a specific type of job, here are some of the companies you might want to chat to:

Web and software design/development and IT: Bozboz, Brandwatch, DabApps, Cogapp, GENE Commerce, Graphite Digital, Hare Digital, Hyve Managed Hosting, iCrossing, Ideal Networks, INVIQA, Reward Cloud, The Student Room, Trustedhousesitters.

Marketing: Bozboz, Fresh Egg, iCrossing, Natives Group, The Student Room, TrustedHousesitters, William Reed Media.

Games design/development: Jollywise, MAG Interactive, Make Real, West Pier Studio.

Data analysis and SEO: Brandwatch, Reward Cloud, SaleCycle.

Design, branding and strategy: Bozboz, Cogapp, DabApps, Graphite Digital, Hare Digital, INVIQA, Jollywise.

eLearning and education technology: Brightwave Group, Lumesse Learn.

Digital and creative education, advice and training: Creative Process, Further My Future, Legal & General, MakerClub, MET College, Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign, University of Brighton, QA Apprenticeships.


The talks.

Just off the café-bar, you’ll find two rooms with informative talks from industry insiders. Here’s a bit of a breakdown on what the talks are about:

11:30am: Getting a career in the digital sector by James Brooklyn (Wired Sussex)

Brighton and Sussex’s digital sector is varied, diverse and most of all exciting! James’ presentation will outline the different types of digital jobs available across the sector and will also provide useful tips on how to make yourself known to companies so you can eventually get a job or start your dream digital career.

12:00pm: How to do what you love: the jigsaw career by Lizzie Hodgson (ThinkNation)

Have a watch of Lizzie’s vlog on what she’ll be talking about.



12:30pm: Starting out in digital & e-learning by Jessica Chandler (Brightwave Group)

Who are you? What do you want? And how will get where you’re going? Breaking into digital agency work can seem an impossible task, but in this session Brightwave’s Project Manager Jess Chandler gives you the right questions to ask yourself at the start of your digital journey.

1:00pm: From school to start-up by Chris O’Hare (Hare Digital)

Ever felt directionless after education and wondered where you’re going with your career? Chris talks about his journey from mediocre grades to award-winning technology start up and how a few key skills drove his success.

1:30pm: Making things that make you happy by Mark Slade (Propellernet)

Mark will talk about how channelling his passion for “making things that make you happy” and daring to push himself outside of his comfort zone finally landed him in a job he really loves, doing some of the most creative work of his career, both for brands and his own projects.

2:00pm: You don’t have to write code to work in tech by Cat Baker-Bassett (DabApps)

In this talk we’ll look at the amazing and varied opportunities Brighton’s digital sector has to offer as well as debunk the myth that you need to be ‘techy’ to forge a career in tech.

2:30pm: It’s never too late to code by Freya Nash (Ocasta)

Freya talks about her experience of going from carer to web developer. She offers advice on learning how to code and applying for jobs with the reminder that it’s never too late to code.

3:00pm: What is UX and how are we affected by it every day? by Ben Sauer (Clearleft)

User Experience design is all around us, every day, but we only tend to really notice it when it’s not working. Like when you can’t figure out which button locks the train toilet, or when you get lost at the airport. In this talk, Ben will introduce you to some of the key ideas behind digital UX, why you’d want to work in the field, and the rewards it offers.

3:30pm: Stand out from the crowd – CVs and interview plans for digital roles by Rich Dixon (Legal & General)

The workshops.

Plus, there will be advice sessions from the National Careers Service:

11:30am: Create a winning CV

1:00pm: Interview Techniques

2:30pm: Apprenticeships for all

All day: The National Careers Service will also be in the mezzanine area above the café-bar to give one-to-one advice and guidance on how to write an effective and eye-catching CV for your desired career, so bring something along that they can help you improve.

The Wired Sussex team will be on hand throughout the day for any questions and advice around finding a job in the digital sector, so come say hi!

If you’ve not registered your free ticket yet, you can grab one here. Also, be sure to check out our ‘Making the most of Talent2018: Jobs Fair’ blog post for tips on preparation.

We look forward to seeing you there!