Got an idea for a great app but not sure how to get started setting it up? Want to work in design or development but don’t know how to get there? Fancy a job in the mobile industry but not sure what that really means? We have the answers for you.
In case you haven’t heard (where have you been?!) we’ve just launched Think Big Digital Week. In June, we’ll be hosting five days of events to bring you skills, networking opportunities and insight into a whole host of digital careers, and it’s completely free to come along.
Kicking off the week, our Mobile On Monday event will give you the chance to take part in a workshop where we’ll teach you how to build an app from scratch and take your ideas from paper to prototype. Plus, you can also get involved in discussions and gain valuable insight from our panel of app developers and mobile gurus. They’ll be there to tell you what their jobs actually involve, how they got to where they are, and how you can too.
We think it’s gonna be brilliant, but don’t just take our word for it. We caught up with our Mobile On Monday panelists to find out exactly why it’s so important to learn about mobile now.
“There are more mobile phones than people,” Terence Eden, Senior Project Manager at the Lab at O2, tech blogger and TED talker said to us. “For millions of people, the mobile phone will be their first and only way to experience the Internet. This is the future.”
“Technology touches all our lives every single day and it’s not going away. In fact, it’s getting bigger with the rise of wearable technology, internet of things and artificial intelligence,” Helen Keegan told us. (She’s a Marcomms and Retail professional with over 15 years experience in the mobile industry, so she knows her stuff!) “The Digital Week event is a great opportunity for young people to find out more about what it’s like to work in the sector, ask questions and start thinking about their future”.
“So much of our lives now depend on technology,” agrees Joanne Dowdall, a graduate who also works in the Lab at O2. “By getting involved in digital and mobile development young people can change everyday life for millions of people. Personally, I get a buzz from knowing that the technology that I work on will make someone’s life better, whether that’s by making an arduous task easier, or connecting them with the people they love.”
“This event will give young people an insight into an industry which is very different from the stereotypes. It’ll give young people the chance to find about roles they may not have realised exist, and what a typical day at work can involve.”
Think you’re not tech savvy enough to get a digital career? Think again.
“The digital industries can be both creative and practical – there really is something for everyone, no matter what your interests or skills are,” said Margaret Gold, a mobile industry veteran with over 15 years of experience helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses. “You can walk in to Mobile On Monday with an idea and simply learn everything else as you go along.”
“Digital Week is a great opportunity for young people to find out about the wide variety of roles and opportunities for people with digital skills,” added Helen, explaining that there are digital jobs up for grabs “across all industry sectors from games and media, to farming and banking.”.
“Every single one of us has creative potential,” said Terence. “And there’s no better way to unlock it than by immersing yourself in digital creativity.”
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