Happy to squeeze into today’s New Media Manitoba press conference! To make up for RSVPing late, so I arrived (mighty) early. I was first, in fact. Which means I got the freshest coffee.
NMM presented ideas for a bright digital future of the Peg, subtitled The Brilliance of Exchange—a reference to both the physical heart of the new media industry and the exchange of ideas & energy that comes from creative collaboration.
Did you see my totally cute husband Kevin in there? Squee!
Anyways. I’m glad someone’s been working on a bird’s eye view of this whole situation. Kevin Hnatiuk & the gang at NMM have been measuring the local $38.8m scene & helping us set some goals. A strategic direction focussed on sales, collaboration and mentorship will benefit our city’s new media industry and the economy as whole.
Mentorship—specifically the molding of job-ready new media grads from our univserities & colleges—hits home with me as I take on the new challenge of teaching Interactive Media at Red River College.
Soft skills, which contribute to getting along in a professional environment, design polish, user experience design, wireframing and prototyping will be some of the areas I touch on.
What skills do you want to see in new graduates?