Tech Industry Gold Student Ambassador Day
The Tech Industry Gold Student Ambassador Day took place on 24th October 2018 bringing together 21 students from nine universities across all year groups. The fun-packed agenda facilitated by the Tech Allies Network – an alumni network, was hosted at SAS’ offices in London.
The Tech Industry Gold Student Ambassador network is a great way for students to develop their skills profile, add a role to their CV, and crucially provides Tech Partnership Degrees with feedback on how to improve employer related activity. Students can also input into marketing campaigns to promote Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees.
The day’s highlights comprised developing a range of employability skills, through ‘PowerPoint Karaoke’, presented by David Sint, final year student at QMUL, which required participants to talk through an unseen slide deck practising those important presentation skills and ‘thinking on their feet’ – a requirement in any work situation. The afternoon involved a team building exercise creating a 60-second video on resolving a tech solution. It was a fantastic way to work as a team testing the all-important leadership, creative, and digital skills.
In the afternoon, the students had to start thinking about their important Tech Industry Gold Student Ambassador role and how they will implement key objectives. A Post-IT note challenge resulted in a whole range of ideas which included:
- Speaking to their old school or a school near to their university about their Tech Industry Gold degree.
- Helping fellow students to make the most of the Tech Industry Gold opportunities available.
- Developing a theme for blogging and vlogging shared on all Tech Partnership Degrees’ social media channels.
The final part of the day included a panel discussion comprising Tech Industry Gold alumni – Shawal Atarid from Bank of England, Yasmin Martin from Salesforce, Matt Spence from Universal Music Group, Joe Macaulay-Yeoman from Global Group, Alex Valley from Ten10, and Ryan Clifford from Barclays. Each panelist shared their career stories reflecting on how they managed to secure their roles in a competitive market. Their key messages included:
- Making the most of the opportunities available as a Tech Industry Gold student.
- Networking wherever you can, including using LinkedIn.
- Never burn bridges, as you never know when you will meet again.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as you can always learn from them.
“The Tech Industry Gold Ambassador Day was an excellent way to bring students together from different year groups and universities, sharing experiences and developing the Tech Industry Gold Student Ambassador role. We’re looking forward to working with students and alumni over the course of the year sharing best practice and making the most of the opportunities available to them”, said Sue Stevens, Director of University Relations at Tech Partnership Degrees.
A big thank you to the Tech Allies Network – an alumni network set up by Ryan Clifford (API Product Manager for Barclays) and Jon David Carman (Technology Business Partner for GSK), David Sint from QMUL, the panel of alumni who took the time out from their busy workloads, and our fantastic host SAS.