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Freelance Life: 2018 Review

2019 already! And time for another year review. Here are a few of my favourite (work-related) things I got up to in 2018…

  • Meta Lab Conference at The Landing. We put this immersive tech conference together with a really small team, so I’m particularly proud of how it turned out. The panelists and speakers were fantastic, we got brilliant feedback and had a celebratory/exhausted Nando’s afterwards. I love that we signed up so many female speakers and how supportive some of our tenants were in pulling it together. 10/10 would do again! (watch the video)

  • More adventures with Google Digital Garage – This was my 3rd year working on the Digital Garage project as a trainer and coach. We had the Google Bus in Manchester and London, a Market Towns tour (pictured, outside a castle!) the Manchester Digital Garage got extended until April 2019 (visit us!), and I got to work on cool digital skills programmes with Media Trust and BT Sport.

  • Went to Malaysia! I know I said these were work-related, but hear me out – taking a two-week holiday was the best thing I did last year for my over-worked brain :’)

  • Work travels to Brussels, Madrid & Dublin. Much as I love working in the UK, it’s always a treat to get out and about further afield. This year I went to old favourite CPDP in Brussels, Dublin Data Summit, IAPP, and to Google’s Madrid office.

  • Got my Award in Education & Training. Cheating a bit here as I did most of the work in 2017, but finished up and got my certificate in 2018, so I’m counting it! Since I’ve started doing more course/programme development again recently, this has been super helpful.
  • Ran workshops in Manchester – I especially enjoyed my branding, SEO & analytics workshop for FRAMEWORK, a programme for artists, makers & photographers.

  • Launched Lloyds Bank Academy. This is still quite a new one! I worked as a trainer and coach on Lloyds’ digital skills programme, a five-week free course across Greater Manchester. A hugely fulfilling project; looking forward to its return early this year.

Read the 2017 recap here 🙂

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