From the lecture theatre to mixing with the world’s leading tech experts

Gwen Jones, Events Assistant at Innovation Point, on why Wales’ students and graduates should descend to Digital this September 30/08/2017

“So, what next?” Isn’t that the question that all graduates are asked as they make the transition from student to graduate? After graduating with a 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Media Studies, I was asking myself just that. Luckily for me, the answer was obvious.

In between my second and third year at university I undertook a summer internship at Mr Producer - the event management agency behind The Ryder Cup Welcome and the opening of Wales Millennium Centre. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work in events. The internship was a swift learning curve but it left me wanting more. I loved how every day wasn’t the same and enjoyed working with people from all walks of life.

So, when the opportunity to work in the events team at Innovation Point arose, I jumped at the chance. The tech industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK right now and it’s exciting to be working in such an exciting industry. The tech world has changed so much in the last twenty years. There is no getting away from technology – it is part of our everyday lives. For most millennials like me, we’re tech heads without even really knowing it.

That’s one of the best things about working on Digital - I have been able to help shape an event that I can’t wait to attend. And hopefully that will translate to my peers – be it full-time students, graduates or those lucky enough to have bagged their first tech job.

If you are a graduate on the job hunt, or perhaps just up for a new challenge, then you should make the GoCompare boat your first destination at Digital. Our headline sponsor, GoCompare, is looking to recruit programmers and product managers among other exciting roles.

Or maybe you’ve just graduated from university with a business idea but don’t know where to begin? Digital is the perfect event to help turn an idea into reality. Dragons’ Den star Rachel Elnaugh will join other investors and entrepreneurs on a panel first thing on Day Two to share their first-hand experiences on how people with big ideas can bag investment.

At just 24, the young entrepreneur created Red Letter Days on a shoestring, but soon soared in multi-million-pound profits, awards, and TV fame – before being forced into administration.  Rachel is an expert in the journey of entrepreneurship and her insights are sure to prove invaluable.

We’ve all heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” - and coming from events, I know that all too well! What better time to start filling you little black book than at Wales’ biggest tech event?  It’s not often that you have access to the leading names in global tech – and did I forget to mention it’s free to attend!? Get down to the Tramshed’s Round Table on Monday 18th September to interact and engage with a morning of networking.

Unmissable workshops, tech-head talks and inspiring networking opportunities… what are you waiting for? Make sure you register for Digital now for free:

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18 - 19 Sept 2017
Tramshed Tech, Cardiff
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