This week for digital we have our very own Abby Fryer, Director at TechSPARK and Projects and Account Manager at Immersive Labs; Check out our interview below!
TechSPARK has teamed up with Manchester Digital to deliver Digital Her, a project of the Institute of Coding. We want to show talented women and non-binary people from all over the technical and digital sector who are doing amazing work in the Southwest.
It aims to create a platform of role models for young women and non-binary people and to encourage and inform anyone who abstains from technology about opportunities in our field. Through talking to a range of individuals with different roles and experiences, we want to highlight the various career paths available to reach those who do not know they had an ideal role in technology.
Can you tell us what you do?
I have a really diverse role. I
I currently co-operate our Investment Activator Program, which aims to encourage investment in the Southwest, running events and activities for startups and investors. I support our Trading Better Online (TBO) program to help companies improve their digital marketing and sales strategies.
With startups and scaleups, I with freelance have a tendency to get involved in any project that doesn’t fall strictly into a team, from systems implementation to agile development projects, helping refine product backlogs, and sprint priorities. To complete, move and manage. Working with key clients for specific projects.
What skills do you use in your job?
The key skills I use will be project and account management – and they are so transferable to all my jobs!
What is your educational background? And how did your career in tech begin?
I have actually obtained a degree in languages - I like the technical aspects of foreign language learning, sentence structures, etc. And of course, this is the super hand living in Europe. However, after university, I was not sure what to do CareerWise and so it took 3 years of London training to become an accountant with Anderson.
I was working late at night when they became Deloitte which was an interesting experience. Looking at the brand police, Anderson changes from Orange to Deloitte Blue literally overnight!
After 3 years, a great way to find out how businesses tick, I felt that there had not been an audit for me, so decided to travel for a while and ended up in Sydney, where I made a career in recruiting. commenced. It is a difficult task, but it has taught me a lot of skills in customer management and business development.
What inspired you to go into digital and technology?
I have not made a conscious decision to enter the tech world. I met Andrew, my first boss at a pub in Bath, and he asked me to recruit some freelance for him. When he described the role (his 2ic – helping to set up a big data startup) I realized that I wanted it myself, and it was awesome. A lot of my role was organizing Meetups to help network in Bath and London, and as part of that, we worked with Bathspark’s founder, David Maiher Roberts, to increase interactions.
Once we created TechSPARK I decided that I wanted to focus on that part of the role and I loved it when I loved being a part of this network growing up.
What is the most interesting thing you have done in your career so far?
I really enjoy the variety of work I do and have been involved in many different projects. With TechSPARK, I love meeting new startups participating in Silicon Gorge competitions and Pitch Me! events; There are many interesting early stage businesses that have a lot of potential.
TechSPARK itself has evolved so much over the years thanks to our terrific MD Ben Shorrock and our truly supportive team. Projects like TBO Scheme have been attractive because you help companies reach new customers.
With freelance work, I am currently working with Immersive Labs, which has been super interesting because they have grown so quickly over the years that have brought some very interesting challenges. Working on an office move 3 times in about 14 months was one of them!
How do you feel about working in Tech / Digital?
Well I love it – it seems to cross most areas so it’s widely diverse, but I like reading a business idea in our Silicon Gorge applications and thinking that it doesn’t make me believe It does not already exist! ‘
I think the male dominance in the region itself is becoming less – which is fantastic, and it’s great to see a more diverse selection of founders coming through it, although there is definitely more work to be done here – And we are looking forward to programs that only facilities like SHIFT and Digital Her can help with this.
What advice would you give to youngsters thinking about careers in digital and technology?
There are many different roles within any organization, I think you just need to get out there and talk to the people who are working in the areas you are interested in, whether it is Through networking events and meetups, or even just to reach out. Via LinkedIn for a quick chat. I’m not sure if this is just a Southwest thing, a technical thing or just a people thing, but I think if you ask that usually people are really willing to help!