Equator gives high school pupils insight into digital careers

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Pupils at Eastwood High in Newton Mearns, Scotland, were given an insight into working in the world of digital this week, thanks to one of the UK’s leading digital transformation consultancies, Equator. 

The consultancy visited the school as part of BIMA Digital Day – the 8th year Equator has been involved with the initiative.

Equator Digital Day

Each November, Digital Day gives 11-16 year olds across the UK the chance to learn about digital careers by meeting with digital professionals from across the industry. 

It’s an insight into the breadth and scope of digital, exploring a range of opportunities and providing something for every pupil.

Equator’s marketing director Fiona Gray, director of innovation Martin Jordan and project manager Stephen Mcbride, ran a session for S3 computing pupils, as they start thinking about their career choices ahead of exam season next year.

Sponsored by digital innovation leaders EPAM Systems, the pupils were given real briefs from Royal Mail and Primark to work on, grounded in real world problems – such as accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability. 

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Digital future: Equator and BIMA teach pupils in Newton Mearns.

The task was designed to help students understand how digital can positively impact day-to-day lives. 

Mirroring an agency environment, pupils had to respond to each brief with digital solutions, presenting back to the Equator team for the chance to be chosen to go through to BIMA’s nationwide digital challenge for a chance to win money for their school and prizes for themselves.

Fiona Gray, Marketing Director of Equator said: “Engaging with students who could be the future talent of our industry genuinely excites me. 

“Whilst we are talking to students who have an innate understanding of digital and engage with it daily, it doesn’t always mean they’ve actually considered a career in digital. 

“It’s our role on Digital Day to equip them with the relevant insight and knowledge to inspire them to make these choices. Ultimately, they are talents who could be game changing for our industry.”

Jennifer Dallas, Computing Science & Business Studies Teacher said: “The Equator Team worked excellently with S3 Computing Science pupils at Eastwood School. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed working in groups on challenges from Primark and Royal Mail. 

“The challenges brought to life the links between classroom learning and the technical and creative skills needed in the world of work.”