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The UWS Women in the Creative Technologies Conference on Thursday 13 March 2014 is a 1-day conference aimed at creative technologies students across Scotland. The event is also open to delegates and to those who are interested into getting into the creative technology industry. The event will be held at the Paisley campus of University of West of Scotland.

The conference’s central themes are employment and employability in the creative industries and it will give attendees an insight into how to start their careers and progress in them. The conference will start with keynote speakers to give featured talks and the afternoon will consist of various speakers to give workshops on various topics of interest.

Keynote speakers at the conference are:

Some of the topics that will be covered within the workshops will be:

  • Mentoring, Internships and Work Related Learning
  • Freelancing and Contracting
  • Setting up your own Creative Technology Business
  • How to secure employment within the creative technology industries 
  • Using Social Media for Business
  • Lucy Everett, ScotGrad;
  • Frances Rowan, UWS;
  • Rebecca Hastings and Rowan Milne, Harvey Nash, Recruitment;
  • Jo Hunter, Musicians’ Union;
  • Cadi Catlow, Rubber Rocket Studios;
  • Nicole Anderson and Lauren Kerr, Smudge Digital;
  • Laura McCartney, Your Virtual Assistant; and Eileen Henderson, UWS.
Also featured are UWS Creative Technology students Suzie Beith, Fiona Starrs, Tayler Ross, Jennifer Craig, Silvia Neculai and myself. I will be one of the speakers promoting about working within the computer games. I will be discussing my own experiences as a first year student of working as a QA Video Games tester and how I got my internship. Each workshop will have a Q&A session and an opportunity to ask for advice. There will also be recruiters there, so be ready to impress with your skills.
For a list of the programme and to register for the event please visit the WICT website to get your free ticket. 
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