EdgeConference

Edge 2021 - Annual skills conference

Edge is UEA SU’s free, virtual skills conference, designed to provide you with self-development opportunities and help you further your personal and career journeys.

Developing new skills is always worth your while whether that’s for your career, study or life in general. We’ve heard of the value of upskilling a lot recently – especially as we’re all reacting to the new normal brought by Covid-19 and the changing world of work, it’s the number one activity that everyone can do to keep a competitive edge and help develop your employability.

What’s on?

Workshops

You can expect a whole range of different workshops geared up to improve your employability, equip you with new life skills and gain practical knowledge that you can use every day in both a personal and professional capacity.

Become more employable: Learn how to identify your skills and showcase them to employers, get tips on how to plan your career and get tips on how to set up a really professional looking LinkIn profile.

Tips for working in the creative sector: If you are looking for a career in the creaive industry, we also have plenty for you! We will be running sessions on how to start in digital marketing, how to be a freelance creative and an introductory guide on how to build a unique brand for your start-up.

Be the best you: If personal sefl deevelopment if what you are after, we've sorted that too with topics covering mental health awareness, how to be more resilient, how to harness your inner self confidence as well as top tips and activities to help you make a good first impression regardless of the audience.

Wellbeing activities 

At the end of each day, we’ll also be running free wellness and wellbeing sessions such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Guest speaker

On Wednesday 24th March at 1pm, we'll be joined by guest speaker Charlotte Beevor, an award-winning Designer whose captured the attention of, and launched a variety of high profile collaborations with brands including Surface View, Sofa.com, Made.com, Hillary's Blinds and Reloved Upholstery.

After freelancing for international brands including Lululemon, American Greetings and Marks and Spencer, working for studios in Italy and Vancouver and exhibiting at Premier Vision in Paris, Charlotte continues to work with companies around the world in different areas of the industry. Charlotte is a proud member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists & The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, and guest lectures at a variety of universities

She has been featured in publications such as Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Ideal Home, House Beautiful, The Pioneer Woman, Pantone View, The Times and many more as well as most recently featuring aa a designer on series 2 of Interior Design Masters on BBC2.

You'll get the chance to pick Charlottes brain about all things creative, freelance, social media in the Q&A session after she talks about how to present yourself as a creative business online using social media/ websites/ blogs in order to get your work noticed and gain a following. As well as providing you an insight into her journey as NUA graduate, award winning designer and how she ended up featuring on BBC2 interior design masters.

  

For more information on Charlotte's work, visit www.charlottebeevor.com

Can I get involved?

Any student on campus can attend our online sessions, including UEA SU’s team leaders, managers and all student staff who are interested in gaining new skills that they can use to help them progress within the organisation, for jobs they apply for during or after Uni as well as those wanting to explore self-development opportunities.

How do I book onto a session?

All sessions are free, interactive and run via zoom. They will run from 11am – 4pm on Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March with wellbeing activities at 5.30pm. You can find a list of all the workshops below (coming soon!) and you can book onto them by visiting the Do Something Different What’s on page - https://ueadifferent.com/whats_on/ (coming soon!)