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Herd Digital Job Fair: careers at your fingertips

8 February 2016
Herd Digital Job Fair: careers at your fingertips
With the first ever Leeds Digital Festival also announced for later this year, all eyes seem to be fixed on the rapidly expanding digital sector in Leeds. While the LDF will celebrate all things digital, Herd’s Leeds Digital Job Fair will seek to bridge the gap between digital agencies, and digital talent.

It might often feel like vacancies are either too scarce or, counter intuitively, too plentiful to narrow down according to your skills and specifications. The Digital Job Fair seeks to bring these varied and exciting opportunities in their multitude under one roof at Leeds First Direct Arena, pairing the right talent with the right company in a more straightforward way. Amy De-Balsi, founder of Herd and lead organiser of its first ever jobs fair, explained her reasoning behind the fair and Herd recruitment: “One of the main challenges in the City is knowing who the employers are. By profession I’m an IT project manager and always found it hard to see where my next career move might be, so showcasing the companies together in a Job Fair would raise the profile of the sector in the City.”

Much like the first few weeks of fresher’s term at university, where you can sign up for the hockey team, musical theatre society or dungeons and dragons club, it’s all there waiting for you to get involved. The fair presents a similar -slightly more businesses minded- opportunity; for employers and potential employees to meet face to face, communicate ambitions or even consider something new. What’s more, employers are equally as keen to pitch their business to you, the employee, increasing the chance that you both achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.

Companies will also get the chance to do so through talks and seminars throughout the day and with big names like Call Credit, William Hill and Sky Betting and Gaming, they’re worth listening to. There won’t just be big companies on offer though as the Fair seeks to showcase various office cultures, ranging from SMEs to the likes of Sky. Sponsored by Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Bid, and TechNorth there are also some big names backing the Fair and its crusade to see all things digital flourish.

The kinds of jobs on offer range from developers to copywriters, the Fair seeking to exemplify that whatever your path within the digital careers centre, there are options, and as Amy puts it, “dispel(ling) the myth that you need to head south to build good careers.” If the Fair proves a success, the aim is to create a bi-annual event to showcase these opportunities more regularly. The event is being held at Leeds First Direct Arena on the 10th of February.

Book your free tickets via Eventbrite.

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Emma is a Freelance Writer for Leeds Living. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Leeds and specialises in writing cultural editorials.
Photography provided by First Direct Arena