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Talent Fest 2021

Talent Fest was a BLAST! - thank you for coming!

Now that we are emerging from a year of lockdown and uncertainty, it’s time to start planning the future for digital businesses. How can we best connect jobseekers, graduates, career switchers and returners to work, from diverse backgrounds and outside of our Brighton bubble with rewarding, fulfilling work?

Alongside our year round jobs board, where you can find the latest digital media and tech opportunities, we hosted a five-day event from the 15th to the 19th November to boost our region’s thriving digital industry; helping businesses hire, nurture and keep the most talented people – the people we need, to grow and deliver great work.

In case you missed it...


How to Lead in a Post-Covid World 
Digital Leadership Forum | Online
Hear from a panel of Digital Leaders exploring the evolution of leadership as we come out of a global pandemic. Catch up here

Watch Party: Kickstarting your Digital Career
Talk | Online
Watch Alice Reeves (Founder & Director of The Joyful) share her top tips on kickstarting your digital career and getting a job that you love, get inspired! Catch up here


Meet the Team with MPB 
Q&A  | Online
Want to work in digital? Hear from MPB, the world’s largest online platform to buy, sell or trade used photography and videography equipment. We chatted to the team to get the inside scoop on what they're looking for in new talent, plus what they love about working at MPB. Catch up now

Keep an eye out for MPB career opportunities

Watch Party | How To Give a Good Interview & Build the Best Portfolio with MPB
Talk | Online
Meet Helen Murdoch, Internal Recruiter at MPB, she shared her top tips on giving a great interview, and Ian Howorth, Resident Photographer at MPB gives his portfolio advice. Catch up now

Workshop | at the FuseBox
We hosted an awesome Codebar workshop as part of Talent Fest. Learn programming in a supportive and collaborative environment at your own pace, or share your knowledge and coach students. Check out future Codebar events

From junior to senior roles, Wired Sussex Jobs showcases a wide range of developer opportunities, take a look here


Creating an Amazing Portfolio with Plug-In Media & Blue Zoo
Webinar | Online
We loved this free webinar about creating an amazing portfolio to work with multi-award-winning animation studios, Plug-In Media and Blue Zoo. We watched a presentation from the team, and asked any questions directly to the Talent Team. Find out more about Blue Zoo


How to Lead a Diverse Team
Digital Leadership Forum | Online
Hear from our panel of Digital Leaders as they discuss how to keep ahead of diversity and inclusion. Catch up here

Watch Party: My Journey to a Digital Career
Talk | Online
Hear from Lisa Zibamanzar (Marketing Assistant at Best At Digital) as  she shares her journey to working in digital. After starting out in illustration and training as a teacher, she found her passion in digital marketing. Catch up here


The Local Skills Improvement Plan Workshop​
Workshop | Online
Sussex Chamber of Commerce heard your views as digital employers and professionals. We talked about digital skills, talent pipelines, the gaps and suggested solutions to add into the Local Skills Improvement Plan. Find out more about the project

Pitch & Present with Louise Stevenson
Workshop | at the FuseBox
We hosted a fun workshop with Louise Stevenson, exploring how to inject your own sense of humour into your job interviews, pitches, and presentations. Join another workshop with Louise

With thanks to our sponsors:

Legal & General

Legal and General are one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. They’re experts in safeguarding people’s financial futures by investing in things that benefit everyone – like affordable homes and clean energy.


MPB are the world’s largest online platform to buy, sell or trade used photography and videography equipment. They have always been committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, helping to visualise a more sustainable future.

Plus Accounting

Plus Accounting offer a comprehensive range of accounting and tax services for clients that operate in the Technology, Media and Innovation sectors.

With thanks to our supporters, Make Real and Sussex Chamber of Commerce.

As part of Talent Fest in 2018, we unveiled our Skills and Talent Manifesto, which aspires to make Greater Brighton the best place in the UK for everyone to have a career in digital.

We know the value in attracting diverse talent and creating inclusive workplaces, where everyone can thrive.

We can see the great work that is already being done by our members and the ambition for us to collectively improve. 
To help aid, support and celebrate this, we’ve put together some resources, case studies and best practices with the Wired Sussex Diversity Toolkit. Check it out

Find out more about the Skills and Talent Manifesto and sign up now. Thank you to th 60+ companies who have already signed up and pledged for a more diverse workforce.

About the author

Rifa Thorpe-Tracey

Rifa is an award-winning coach, consultant, and connector for the digital and creative industries. She advocates for diversity and inclusion for women and people of colour.

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