How To Accelerate Your Technology Career - Maximise Your Potential and have Fun

When: 19th Mar 2018, 19:00 - 19th Mar 2018, 21:00
Where: Novotel Hotel, Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP
Town/City: Nottingham
Organiser: BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch
Price: Free
Further Information: Further Information

Speakers: Richard Simpson and Neil McGowan

Details:

Part 1: Making the Transition from University to the Workplace in IT” by Richard, an expert in Graduates and the Millennial generation. He has experience of Graduate management in multiple large companies across Europe such as Accenture, Amazon, Heineken and De La Rue.

Richard has helped individuals to successfully complete the transition from university life to working life and helped employers and managers to retain, support and develop their younger generational employees, attaining a better understanding of their team and to improve performance. Specifically, Richard will address:-

  • Understanding the main differences between the working & studying life.
  • Anxiety - what can cause it and how you can better manage it.
  • Improving communication & teamwork skills.
  • Improving confidence levels (and learning that it’s okay to ask for help in your first role).
  • Understanding what employers may expect in order for you to earn a promotion or pay rise.

Part 2: What skills do you need to become a CIO/CTO/CDO?” by Neil, who has spent the last 15 years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for multiple FTSE and PE/VC funded businesses, such as N Brown, Littlewoods/Shop Direct, United Utilities, Maplin Electronica and the Ministry of Justice. He is an expert in Information & Digital Technology who has spent many years coaching technology professionals to maximise their personal potential and create enjoyable, fulfilling careers.

Business technology is currently focused on Digital, the latest of a constant stream of transformational technologies that IT professionals need to embrace. Using this as an example, Neil will discuss how technology leaders adopt new technology, deliver innovation and business value while growing their personal capability and career in a fast moving world.

Specifically:

  • How do you develop a career in this increasingly complex and diverse industry?
  • What skills are fundamental and transferable across technology waves?
  • What role suits you and will provide maximum job satisfaction?
  • What does a CIO/CTO/CDO do? Is this the role for you?
  • What should you work on to progress to the next level of leadership?
  • How do you build your experience and develop the skills required to operate at a more senior level?
  • Hopefully everybody will be able to take something useful from this session to help accelerate their career.

About the speakers

Richard Simpson
Richard is an expert in Graduates and the Millennial generation. He helps organisations to retain, support and develop their younger generational employees and helps the individuals to get the best out of themselves. He has experience of Graduate management in multiple large companies across Europe such as Accenture, Amazon, Heineken and De La Rue.

Richard is currently working with two IT companies and their Graduates and has found particular interest from this field in his type of work. Especially helping the Graduates with their transition from the secluded, studying lifestyle, to working in a noisier, busier office setting.

Neil McGowan
Neil is an expert in Information & Digital Technology, who has spent the last 15 years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for many FTSE and PE/VC funded businesses. He has a broad understanding of how technology brings value to business through his work with several Digital and High street Retailers, Utility companies, Financial Service, Automotive and Government organisations. These include N Brown, Maplin electronics, Littlewoods/Shop Direct, United Utilities, Volkswagen/Audi and the Ministry of Justice. Neil is currently using his experience to enable a number of smaller organisations to adopt digital capability experience technology capability traditionally reserved for larger organisations.

Programme:

  • 6.30pm: Registration & Refreshments
  • 7.00pm: Richard will begin his Presentation
  • 7.45pm: Take a break and chance to talk and network
  • 8.15pm: Neil will continue his presentation
  • 8.45pm: Q & A
  • 9.00pm: Meeting ends