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Talent Fest 2020: Jobs Fair

In April, we ran our virtual Talent Fest 2020: Jobs Fair - a day of content to inspire, inform and empower your career in the digital, media and tech sector. It was a unique chance to:

  • Get career advice from industry insiders
  • Learn how to build your personal brand with Google Digital Garage
  • Speak to the National Careers Service & Wired Sussex for top job searching tips
  • Get advice and guidance on how to succeed at freelancing

Below you will find all the great content you can still benefit from.

Industry Talks

A broad range of talks from industry experts to help you find and achieve a fulfilling career in the digital, media and tech sector.

How to Get Started in a Digital Career
Rob Verheul, Managing Director at Graphite Digital

An overview of the digital industry, the roles available, and practical tips on how you can get started in the career path that would suit you best.

Being Agile in Your Career
Caroline Collyer, Head of People at Bright

Career paths rarely take a straight line. In this talk, Caroline will share advice on how to identify the skills you want to maximise, and how to be open to experimenting and exploring new avenues.

How to Use Storytelling to Get the Job You Want
Peter Botting, Storytelling and Speaker Coach

A former business leader (and hirer) and now a storytelling coach working globally, Peter also helps people secure their dream jobs through storytelling. Peter will teach you storytelling skills to progress your career.

Finding Purpose and Being Brave
Mo Kanjilal, Sales Director (Consultant) at Kiss The Fish

This talk will empower you to take leaps and pursue that career you really want. It will cover how to navigate your career in a range of organisations from tech corporations where only 20% of the company are women, to software companies with complicated tech, to freelancing for a whole range of companies.

Taking an Entrepreneurial Approach to Your Career
Luke Gibson, Director of Business Operations at Mediatonic

Our careers don’t have to be defined by titles or job descriptions, and your dream job might not look the way you expect on the job boards. Luke talks about his experience of seizing opportunities and carving out unusual roles, and how he ended up in the world of a leading games studio.

Finding and Marketing Your USP
Allegra Chapman, Marketing Strategist and Business Coach

Drawing from her own personal experience, Allegra shares her tips on how to navigate the complexity of freelancing in order to identify your USP (Unique Selling Point), and how to promote this to businesses who may benefit from your expertise.

1-2-1 advice from the National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is a free, expert and impartial advice and guidance service supporting people with careers, education, employment and training. 

In this series of videos, they share their top tips on writing CVs and cover letters, as well as how to get (and succeed in) an interview.

You can also call them on 0800 100 900 for 1-2-1 help and advice, from how to create a great CV to mastering your interviewee techniques. Lines are open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Freelancer advice and FAQs

We spoke to a range of experts to get their advice on how to be successful at freelancing, covering many aspects from how to set yourself up and handle your finances to where to find work and connect with others. Check out ‘Everything You Need to Know About Freelancing’.

Looking for a job? Check out these live vacancies...

The Wired Sussex Jobs site is packed with great job opportunities in Sussex’s digital, media and tech sector. Check them out.

The Wired Sussex hotline

At the Jobs Fair, our team was on hand to provide:

  • Insights into companies within Sussex’s digital, media and tech sector; who to watch and who’s recruiting
  • Tips for effective job hunting and the different ways to find job leads
  • Help and support with getting the most from the Wired Sussex Jobs site

Although the hotline is now closed, if you would like to know more about how Wired Sussex can help you with your digital career, check out our advice articles or email

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters!

A huge thanks to our headline sponsor American Express, sponsor Bright and supporters Plus Accounting, Cogapp, Leaders Plus and Buff Motion without whom this festival would not be possible.

About the author

Rebecca Groves

Hi, I'm Wired Sussex's Skills and Talent Strategy Lead. I oversee our skills and talent strategy for the regional digital sector. This includes the delivery of activity which addresses this strategy, such as our annual Talent festival, and working with members to help them benefit from our initiatives.

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