Wired Sussex Blog

The Key to Attracting and Retaining Junior Talent

Over the next few years junior talent will make up half the global workforce and it’s predicted this number will have risen to a whopping 75% by just 2025. Having grown-up in a digital world, they are the first fully connected generation and consequently have different behaviours, needs and aspirations in the workplace than those of previous generations. Comparing the attitudes of Baby Boomers to Millennials, shows this new generation are more vocal about what they want from their career; they are looking for financial stability and access to the property ladder, which in turn impacts on their expectations at …

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Recruitment offer for all Graduate/Junior job adverts!

Employing graduates can be hugely rewarding as they represent some of the brightest and best educated talent on the employment market. With students across Sussex having just finished University and getting ready to kick-start their career in the digital, media and tech industries, now is the perfect time to capture this talent for your business. To help you do this, we’re offering members a special recruitment offer on all Graduate/Junior level jobs posted until the end of August. So, why not take advantage of our highly-targeted, digital, media and tech Jobs Board with this special offer! Alongside the usual benefits …

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12 Job Hunting Tips

Recently graduated and looking for a job in the digital sector? Here’s 12 tips to steer you towards greater success in your job search. Good luck and happy hunting! Be proactive It’s alright to take a little break after graduating (after all you’ve earned it!), but don’t let those lazy days on your sofa roll into weeks. If you want to get ahead you’ll need to be proactive and not wait for opportunities to come to you. Don’t wait Want a job in web development? Practise making dummy websites in different styles. Want to write blog posts for a living? Start a …

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Helen Kennedy introduces the World Café workshop

Helen Kennedy is Head of Media at University of Brighton. She’s an influential leader and important connecting point between the academic world and our tech and creative businesses. She is also lead research on the Refig project, with Canadian funding, aiming to instigate transformations within the games industry. Helen: Partnership is dear to the heart of Brighton University. The School of Media is only two years old. It was born out of the much bigger School of Art and Design. Not all courses are directly aligned with the challenges we’ve heard about this morning, so there is constant work to do. …

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Panel Discussion: The Big Challenge

Claire Hopkins introduces the panel. The discussion is around pinpointing the biggest challenges to attracting, training and retaining talent in Brighton. [writer’s note: I’ve largely removed Claire from the copy but she’s asking the questions and deftly guiding the conversation] Tom Chute I’m from Pragmatic, a 55 person company in Brighton. When we hit 30 staff we realised we need to formalise HR and recruitment, so that was me. Ed HIckey I’m from Dab Apps, based here in Brighton, I’m Commercial Director. I’ve been at Dab Apps for 2-3 years and before that I grew teams at digital product firms here and internationally. I’m …

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How to write a Great Graduate CV

With University Graduation still fresh on everyone’s mind, now is time to think about the next step and about making your mark in the working world. However, before you can do that you need to make sure your CV is up to date and is showcasing the best of your skills and abilities. So here are some tips to consider when you’re updating yours; • Tailor it – to the job you are applying for. Highlight the skills that are relevant to the role. Make it easy for the person recruiting to see you are a good fit, and mirror the culture …

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Love your Job Guest Blog #8: The Unit – Digital Agency

This is the eighth in a series of guest blogs from members, this time from The Unit. I’ve been asking member employees how they got into & why they love their jobs, so they can share their wisdom & inspire you. Louise – Project Manager: How did you get into project management? After graduating from Reading University with a degree in English, I travelled for a while and came back to the UK at the end of 2008 – right as the recession took hold. I worked four 12-hour days per week running a pub in Suffolk and used the other three to do …

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Love Your Job Guest Blog #6: The 15Gifts: Machine Learning

I’ve been asking member employees how they got into & why they love their jobs, so they can share their wisdom & inspire you. This is the sixth in a series of guest blogs from members this time from 15Gifts: James Heywood – Head of Development How did you get into your line of work? I studied Computer Science at College and University. After University I worked in several roles including Database & Desktop App Development, Project Management, Web Development, Technical Consultancy and most recently Head of Development. Tell us about the projects you have worked on that you’re most proud of and …

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Jobs Board and Recruitment Advice – whenever you need it.

I’m sure most of you know that the Wired Sussex Jobs Board helps you to find the best talent locally.  It reaches out to tens of thousands of job seekers through direct e-mails, Twitter, LinkedIn, the Wired Sussex website and through our advert in the Latest7 magazine.  You can now also highlight your job advert through our new featured jobs section. But have you seen our Recruiting Tips & do you know what I can do to help you and your business?: I work with local universities to provide information to students about the sector, consult with departments on skills shortages.  I’m currently working …

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Love Your Job Guest Blog #4: Animation at Bigman CGI

I’ve been asking member employees how they got into & why they love their jobs, so they can share their wisdom & inspire you. This is the fourth in a series of guest blogs from members: Tom Painter Director at Bigman CGI explains how he got into Animation and why he loves his job: I got into computers during the 8bit golden age in the 80’s. I had a ZX spectrum and I would make little games with my friends, in those days even the arty bits would need be programmed in (there was no Photoshop back then!). I loved the ability to control every …

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