Manchester Digital Talent Day 2013
So last Wednesday I went along to this event which was quite an eyeopener. Initially it was a bit daunting walking in to the room full of professionals but they were all really welcoming and helpful.
First I went to the talk from the BBC. They explained the Department of Future Media which provided all of the interactive coverage of the Olympics last year. They have a base at Media City along with BBC Sport, childrens, learning and radio. The aim of Future Media is to create extra output for the BBC, beyond TV and the red button- ipad apps, online games, video streams, catch-up platforms on Xbox, mobile, Tivo and creating new ways for viewers to interact with programming such as voting on the Voice. They are constantly challenging what will be next and keeping the momentum from the Olympics as they know “the world is watching”. They are currently looking for Software Engineers and UX designers for their graduate/ trainee schemes which can be applied for online.
"You need a real understanding of the audience. Visual design can only get you so far"
One thing I’m getting to grips with at the moment is the various job roles available in the digital creative industry. There are so many roles within web I don’t understand but front-end developer seems to fit most of my criteria.
After the talk I walked round the companies with Megan and Rachel. We chatted to Clock and Code who are both big companies with great work and opportunities for us students. I also went over to Reason who I researched online before going and I really like their work and they were really friendly so definitely somewhere I want to be. I left them with my CV and business card and followed up afterwards with a tweet.
Overall a really good day. But I need to really understand which exact role/s I need to aim for.