This week we have Jemima Crowe, Marketing and Community Partner for Digital Oroch digital, Check out our interview below to find out more about her journey in the tech world through her love of gaming.
TechSPARK has teamed up Manchester digital For you to deliver a project from digital, his Coding Institute. 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 with a range of individuals with different roles and experiences, we want to highlight the various career paths available to reach people who did not know they had an ideal role in technology.
What do you do?
I am the marketing and community manager for Auroch Digital, an independent game studio in Bristol. We specialize in strategy and simulation videogames as well as tabletop games.
What skills do you use in your job?
My role requires you to be really well organized and a good project manager. We are always working on many projects, so do a lot of planning, connecting different stakeholders as well, across all those deadlines. Also, copy writing, video editing, Photoshop, HTML, email marketing and streaming are the things that I do most days.
What is your educational background?
I have history and english degree Exeter University. I have no formal marketing qualification. Instead, I started as a marketing assistant and worked my way up, learning the skills needed to work.
What inspired you to go into digital and technology?
My love of videogames has brought me into the industry. I have been fond of gambling since I got my uncle’s old Sega Mega Drive at the age of 4. I never even dreamed that there would be something in which I have to work.
How did your technical and digital career begin?
After leaving university I was sure that I wanted to work in marketing, but did not know which field. I worked for it Institute of Physics And then saw a job to do Future plc in Bath. The job was done to market his category of videogame magazines.
I leaped at the chance to combine my skills and my passion for sports, which of course meant I was a great fit for the role. Once when I was in the gaming industry, I worked hard to build networks and make connections, which were the other roles I had heard over the years.
What’s the most interesting thing in your career so far?
What I am currently working on – Mars Horizon. It is a space agency management videogame. We work together European Space Agency And this UK Space Agency In making our game as authentic as possible. We have worked with many employees of space agencies, including rocket engineers and technicians.
I have been able to do livestreams and podcasts with the International Director at the UK Space Agency, Head of Robotic Exploration, Head of Human Exploration and I have also worked with an actual astronaut! It is really exciting and inspiring to use our game to communicate the important work that space agencies do, and to do it in a fun way that connects our audience with them.
What challenges did you face along the way?
The biggest challenge of my career is that it is learning many of the skills needed to do the job, and constantly adapting and learning new people. Livestreaming and social media, for example, have developed extremely important as a part of marketing in recent years. It is important to understand these new techniques for marketing, explaining to everyone the companies I have worked for, and finding out how we can use them. Although it is challenging, it also means that my roles have been exciting and varied, which I love.
What is your favorite thing about working in the sector?
I love how technology, especially gaming, helps connect people. It is more important than ever during an epidemic. Gaming and technology have been important to help people relax, find new ways to spend time apart, and help us feel closer to loved ones.
I have played a banging game on webcam with my niece and mother as well as group party games with friends. I like being part of an industry that helps to do this.
Do you think it is enough to talk about inter-work in the technical and digital sphere and to create a diverse scope?
I think we are making good progress, but there is always more work to do. I am grateful that Auroch Digital has supported its own efforts to increase diversity, including recently adding more women to my team.
What advice would you give to youngsters thinking about careers in digital and technology or are unsure to study?
It is definitely a good idea to do a degree that matches the job in the technology and digital industry you want to get. I feel that I have come to the position that I am fast at the moment and my own degree is going towards the same. That said, just being a degree can give you a huge benefit, whatever you want to do. It is also worth noting that a history degree, for example, still gives you transferable skills, such as analysis and creative thinking, which you can certainly use in a technical job.