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Liz Chapman
Online Services and Inclusion Officer
Wigan Council
WHAT DO YOU DO?

My role focusses on digital inclusion, learning and engagement for people living in Wigan Borough, including the pioneering TechMates project (a digital mentor service). My role requires good communication, organisation, knowledge of all kinds of digital technology and partnership working. I’m also developing my social media skills whilst managing @DigitalWigan.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Partnership working and networking
  • Training others to use digital technologies
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Social media
  • Digital creativity including video making, photography and image design
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I'm fortunate to have worked on two exceptional digital projects. Coordinating the TechMates project; seeing the difference digital skills can make to people's lives is hugely rewarding. I also coordinated the D:Circus Digital Art project, which included Light Night Wigan & Leigh, a family festival and digital art trail.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

My passion for digital tech and inclusion has fuelled my motivation to learn more. My digital skills are self taught, through my job and from taking free online courses. My educational background is actually in art; I completed an Art History degree with the OU whilst working full-time.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

I was fascinated by computers and loved video games as a child. As an artist, I use digital technology in creating and documenting my artistic work. Working in tech seemed like a natural progression for me, as it gave me the chance to help people whilst learning technical skills.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

Do it! - Working in tech is really rewarding and exciting. It enables you to work at the edge of innovative, make a difference, keep up with digital trends and constantly develop your digital skills. There are so many different digital roles out there waiting for brilliant women like you.


I AM...
CONSCIENTIOUS
CREATIVE
ADVENTUROUS