The digital careers conference for sixth form students and teachers

5 January 2024
09:00 - 15:30
Canterbury Christ Church University
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Media & Marketing
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Aspiration Digital is a one-day digital skills conference designed to educate students on the different roles in digital and various career paths. Ideal for media studies, business, computing, IT and marketing students. 

We'll be back in 2024 for our fifth event, which promises to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever before. 

Register your interest below to stay up-to-date with the latest event dates and be the first to hear when we launch our next conference. 

If you're a student or aspiring digital marketer, follow our socials, where we share content from previous events and tips to help you enter the career market. 

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Previous 2023 Agenda

*2024 Agenda Pending*

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Becky Simms | CEO & Founder | Reflect Digital
09:30 - 09:50
Making the most of LinkedIn
Gary Gumbleton | Founder & Creative Director | Capital Content
09:50 - 10:20
Routes into Digital Panel Discussion
Canterbury Christ Church University + Estio Apprenticeships
10:20 - 11:00
Break + Workshops with Digital Kent
11:00 - 11:20

Digital Kent Workshop 1: 11:00 - 11:15

Stream 1: Development & Creative
Routes into Website Development
Mike Steer | Head of Ecommerce | Riverr
Breaking the Mould: How to Stand Out as a Creative
Denzel Kessie | Digital Creative | Freak
Session 1
11:20 - 12:10
Session 2
12:20 - 13:10
Stream 2: Marketing & Content
An Introduction To Paid Marketing
Gary Monger | Senior Paid Media Manager | Reflect Digital
A Career Guide to SEO
Imogen Jones | SEO Executive | StrategiQ
Session 1
11:20 - 12:10
Session 2
12:10 - 13:10
Stream 3: Business & Client Management
Starting & Scaling an Agency Business
Becky Simms | CEO & Founder | Reflect Digital
How Account Management Propels Your Career
Sarah Friswell | CEO | Red Ant Digital
Session 1
11:20 - 12:10
Session 2
12:20 - 13:10
Stream 4: CPD for Teachers
Preparing Students for a Career in Digital Media
Jo Samuel | Course Director | Canterbury Christ Church University
Session 1
11:20 - 11:45
Session 2
12:20 - 12:45
Lunch + Digital Kent Workshops

Digital Kent Workshop 2: 13:10 - 13:25 & Workshop 3: 13:25 - 13:40

An Amazing Time to Start Your Journey in Tech
Matt Webb | Group CTO | LAB Group
14:00 - 14:30
Round Up & Event Close
Becky Simms | CEO & Founder | Reflect Digital
14:30 - 14:45
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Canterbury Christ Church University, N Holmes Rd, Canterbury CT1 1QU



Aspiration Digital was an event which confirmed my passion for going into a career in marketing as well as giving me key skills with how to get there. Before the event, I didn’t know what LinkedIn was and how important it was in developing connections which have enabled me to get placements and stand out in applications I send off for my next path after Year 13. As well as connections through LinkedIn, on the day, I met inspiring people who did talks and represented stalls that were willing to speak to everyone and share their pathways and advice for how to reach success. This wasn’t just inspiring but also really informative. One of the main challenges I’ve been facing in sixth form is what pathway to follow, the main two being: university or an apprenticeship. There was a discussion between people who had done both pathways and they shared their own experiences and advice to help us make our decision. 


Aspiration Digital made me realise how many different jobs are available in the digital industry and opened my eyes to the number of opportunities available in the future. The breaks gave me the chance to go and chat with professionals from various companies about careers in digital which was really helpful, and I managed to win a weeks worth of work experience too!


Aspiration Digital was a massive eye-opener, even for me I have to say. It gave our students the opportunity to hear from professional people about an aspect of the industry that perhaps they hadn't considered before. It was great for us, we had students attending from several of our sixth form courses of different disciplines, and all of those students had something that they could take away that was inspiring.


Aspiration Digital was a really fun, information-packed event and I found it incredibly beneficial. It gave me an insight into how an agency works and how many different careers there actually are in the digital marketing industry. The one-day conference was a real eye-opener and the talks really explained how the digital world is an exciting place to work. Digital careers are not spoken about much in school, so listening to Becky Simms (CEO & Founder of Reflect Digital) and Mark Gaisford (Founder & MD of Redsprout) really inspired my friends and I to explore the opportunities in digital marketing, and consider potentially going into this as a career.


The students really enjoyed their day at the Aspirational Digital event and found it really insightful for various reasons.  Students were able to participate in networking and explore a range of different career paths, allowing them to gain in-depth knowledge about different industries from professionals. 

The students not only gained knowledge in a range of different fields but were able to develop their transferable skills and boost their confidence and communication skills by speaking to a diverse range of individuals from different industries.


The Aspiration Digital Conference was absolutely pivotal in inspiring my students about their future; as a direct result of this some of them are now going on to University or employment to pursue their passions in this industry. 

It helped bring what we do in the classroom to life; the addition of local companies, universities and experts brought a realistic approach that I really value as a Head of Department.


The Aspiration Digital Event was a crucial turning point in my vision of working in computer science one day. This event showed me the scope of possibilities within computer science/digital in the workplace. One spokesperson in particular stood out to me. His name is Danny from the company Digital Detox, which is a digital engineering company that focuses on health and sciences among many other things. A key memory from this event was when he told me about all the projects his company was involved in. This conversation about the overlap with health and technology, sparked an interest in me. And now I am passionate about one day working in an AI industry which predominantly focuses on physical and mental health. I am so grateful to have attended this event as it showed me the possibilities of working in technology which I never knew about.


It was an eye opener for me and I am now thinking about my future and what digital related degrees and careers there are for me. I really enjoyed listening to the inspirational speakers and their journeys to where they are today.


The most important thing I learned on Thursday was that most of the people who were talking did not know what they wanted to do when they were my age, but they kept trying different job opportunities until they found something they enjoyed, with some of them never knowing that they were going to work in the digital world.


2023 Talks


  • Is this an in person event?

    Yes it is and it will remain so pending any government-imposed restrictions at the time of the event. We will keep regular communications around this as get closer to the time.

  • How do I register for this event?

    Let us know you're interested by completing our register your interest form below! 

  • Is lunch provided?

    Yes, lunch is included. Please make sure you let us know of any dietary requirements in advance. 

  • Why are you putting this event on?

    We are passionate about our industry and we want to ensure we inspire the next generation of digital superstars. The event is all about showing students and teachers the best of our industry and bringing to life the huge array of roles available and the types of skills these jobs require. 

  • How much is the event?

    There is no fee for attending this event.

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Register Your Interest for 2024

We're taking sign-ups for Aspiration Digital 2024. This event will welcome students looking to go into digital marketing, typically they might be studying computer science, media, marketing, IT, or English. To register your interest please complete the form below. 



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