Introducing; Digital Day
Graphite is a digital agency based on the seafront in Brighton. Working with large brands including BP, Pfizer, Costa and Peugeot, their expertise is focused on creating and improving digital customer experiences through innovation. In this post, Lauren Robinson shares a little about the ‘Digital Day’ initiative which Graphite has run for many years now.
Digital Career Opportunities
By 2022, it’s predicted that the digital and creative sector will need 1.2 million new workers in order to keep up with its growth - that’s 50% more than there are today (Gov.co.uk). In addition, 85% of the digital jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't been invented yet! (Tech City UK)
There is a huge and widening digital skills shortage in the UK and yet these statistics show that it’s one of the fastest growing industries. So whilst some other industry sectors are struggling, digital looks like a good career path - and yet we believe that students are not choosing to develop their skills and capability in this area as the commercial and work opportunities are often not well understood by schools or parents.
Graphite is extremely passionate about helping young people see the value of embarking on the path of a digital career. Having run a number of initiatives, including coordination of Digital Day in the South East during the last 3 years, and trialling a new concept ‘Digital Pulse’ with BHASVIC in the last year too.
What is Digital Day?
Digital Day is held every year in November and is now in its seventh year. The day sees industry professionals go ‘back to school’ to inspire and educate students about the growing digital and tech industry. The team talk you through the industry, the varied amount of job roles, and the opportunities that you can take advantage of using resources provided by BIMA (British Interactive Media Association UK). The day is also interactive, you’ll be set challenges from real brands to get an insight into the type of work you could be doing if you decide to work in the industry, with guidance from experienced digital professionals.
How do I get involved?
If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in, you can ask your teacher/school to register here: https://register.bimadday.org.uk/school/register.
Want more digital insight?
If you enjoy Digital Day at your school and want to experience a real-life working environment within the industry, there is an opportunity to visit Graphite HQ and gain some more valuable insight into a digital career. Discuss with your teacher after the session to get involved. There may also be opportunities for work experience following this.
“My experience at Graphite has definitely helped me decide that this is a career path I would like to go down. I learnt so much and you have inspired me to follow my dreams in the creative industry”
- Student from Longhill High School 2019
Other ways of getting involved...
A global network of free coding clubs.
Inspiring content & opportunities.
Events, jobs and meetups in Sussex.
Keep an eye on BIMA’s showcase of digital talent, updated quarterly - all on Instagram.
Find out more about us on our website: www.graphitedigital.com