Students receive Masterclass from local entrepreneur

12.03.2018

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was pleased to welcome Nigel Packer, a Digital Strategy Consultant, when he visited Creative Bubble last week to run a session for the students on making the most of LinkedIn.

Pizza with a Pro event

The session was part of the ‘Pizza with a Pro’ series of workshops where entrepreneurs and business managers are invited to share their skills with the students.

Nigel explained the importance of having an engaging profile on LinkedIn – especially because employers are more increasingly using social media as a recruitment tool. Having a professional profile photo and well-written content about skills, education and work experience can make a recent graduate stand out from the crowd.

Nigel was brought up on the Gower and studied electrical engineering at university. He worked in several different engineering companies in Swansea, Cardiff, and Southampton before launching his own business. He is now a Digital Business Strategy Consultant, working with clients in the UK, Europe, and North America. He has delivered a TEDx talk on online digital marketing and has been named as a Role Model for Welsh Government’s Big Ideas Wales initiative. 

Lucy Beddall manages Creative Bubble, which is part of UWTSD’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Services. She said: “Nigel’s session was informative and entertaining and I’m sure the students who attended took some very valuable tips away with them. This is one of many ways UWTSD equip students with employability skills ready for when they graduate.”

Creative Bubble is a joint initiative between Swansea BID and University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It was set up in June 2013 to explore ways in which the two organisations could work together to make a positive impact on Swansea City Centre, socially, economically, and culturally.

The initiative encourages students from different courses to network and work collaboratively, using the empty shop as a base. It regularly hosts student-led events such as pop-up shops, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and film premieres.

The project ultimately seeks to improve the economic future of Swansea by increasing footfall and supporting students who want to set up their own businesses. It also adds to the rich culture and vibrancy of Swansea. Since 2013 over 11,000 people have set foot in the shop to visit hundreds of pop-up student projects.

Pizza with a Pro is a series of lectures and seminars for students to develop entrepreneurial and creative thinking. Details of the next events in the series can be found below:

GDPR: Protecting Data

Thursday, 26th April 5:30pm – 7pm Ben Wheeler

Copper Bay Creative

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and breaches and gives people more say over what companies can do with their data. This affects how we all use data. If you use emails or data to promote events, your business or for any other reason, this short overview will be very valuable.

Writing punchy content

Thursday, 24th May 5:30pm – 7pm Rachel Thomas

MGB 

Being able to write engaging content is crucial when you are promoting yourself or a business. Many of us use social media and know that an interesting and well-written post will attract more responses. Learn from an expert in this fantastic hour full of advice on how we can write interesting and popular content.

Students, staff, and graduates can book a place by emailing amanda.hughes@uwtsd.ac.uk

 

Further Information

Cate Hopkins

Swyddog y Wasg a’r Cyfryngau| Press and Media Officer

Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus| Corporate Communications and PR

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