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.
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.
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.
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.
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.