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Are you a woman aged between 18-35 and stuck in a rut where work is concerned? These days, so many jobs require you to have digital skills, and this is where we at PONToon can help. We are offering free workshops over a four-day festival in a relaxed and fun environment. From CV writing, to starting your own business, we have got it covered! You will leave with lots of new creative skills to further your career or job prospects. Enjoy lunch on us, tea, coffee and biscuits and plenty of breaks. Win!

Free creche is available on site, open to all ages of children. To book your child's place, please follow: https://www.freedomchildcare.com/our-services/portsmouth-university/


CAREER DEVELOPMENT DAY, TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST

Discovering your Professional Self

Joni Rhodes, University of Portsmouth

10:00 – 12:00

This is where your journey starts! Using questionnaires, online tools and discussion you will learn about your strengths, how you communicate, your learning style and what motivates you. Discover unique insights into your personality and suitable career options to achieve fulfilment in your personal and professional life.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-your-professional-self-with-joni-rhodes-tickets-64164601049

Interview Skills

Paul Barnes, Careers and Employability, University of Portsmouth

10:00 – 12:00

The interview is one of the key elements of the job search process. As with any skill, we can get better at it with preparation and practice. In this workshop, you will work together in teams to practice answering interview questions and gather back tips on how to answer confidently and successfully.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interview-skills-with-paul-barnes-tickets-64165213882

CV Writing Workshop

Paul Barnes, Careers and Employability, University of Portsmouth

14:00 – 16:00

Learn how to write an effective CV to secure a job interview. Your CV is the first point of contact with an employer and is the make or break of your job application. It needs to be interesting to read, clear and concise.  It should make a good first impression. This workshop covers the standard CV information requirements and how to stand out.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cv-writing-workshop-with-paul-barnes-tickets-64165279077

Recruitment Tool Testing

Marc Cook, University of Portsmouth

14:00 – 16:00

At PONToon we have been putting together a number of new apps to aid job search and career progression, such as a new job search map, career guide and VR journey planner. Come play with our tech and give us your feedback.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pontoon-app-testing-with-marc-cook-tickets-64165297131


ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY, WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST

Start your Own Business

Peter Grant, WSX Enterprise

10:00 – 12:00

Starting a new business or working for yourself is exciting, but it can be scary too. You’ve so many new skills to learn and so many questions to ask. This introductory workshop covers the basics of self-employment, looking at developing your business idea into a clear plan for success, understanding legislation and finances, and improving your sales and marketing skills.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/start-your-own-business-with-wsx-tickets-64165315185

Selling Online

Angela Chick, Etsy Group

14:00 – 16:00

Run by experienced creative business owner and illustrator Angela Chick, learn how easy it is to take a product to market these days. Angela will tell you a little bit about her experiences as well as the diverse routes to market the internet offers such as ‘Etsy,’ ‘Not on the High Street,’ and promotion on social media. This is an opportunity to hear first-hand from someone who has been through the process, and to take part in an interactive group session where you will build your own business idea.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/selling-online-with-angela-chick-tickets-64165499737

Promotional Video Workshop for Businesses

Rob Ulitski, Pastel Wasteland

10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00

Content is king. This course will introduce you to the basic technical knowledge you need to shoot video on your mobile. In this practical workshop designed for those with small businesses and enterprises, you will learn how to create a short promotional video for sharing on websites and social media accounts.

For 10:00 - 12:00 session, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/promotional-video-workshop-for-businesses-with-rob-ulitski-tickets-64165353299

For 14:00 - 16:00 session, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/promotional-video-workshop-for-businesses-with-rob-ulitski-tickets-64165450590

PONToon Fiesta Networking Event

16:30 – 19:00

The PONToon team and our project ambassadors would like you to join us for our Networking Fiesta to celebrate the hard work of participants and workshop leaders. Held at the Outside In Food Court, this evening is the chance to meet project partners, local business owners, community groups and discover more about the project.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pontoon-fiesta-networking-event-tickets-64166061417


DIGITAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS, THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST

Introduction to Photography

Paul Gonella, Strong Island

10:00 – 12:00

This short and simple workshop for camera phones up to DSLRs will introduce you to the basics of good photography, including different composition techniques, camera settings, lighting and more.

Book here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-photography-with-paul-gonella-tickets-64165529827

Introduction to Video Skills

Rob Ulitski, Pastel Wasteland

10:00 – 12:00

This workshop is intended for people who haven’t done any, or little, smartphone filmmaking. Often, the feeling is – where do I start? Covering the basic principles of filmmaking, this practical workshop will cover shooting and basic editing apps so you can get on with showcasing your creative side.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-video-skills-with-rob-ulitski-tickets-64165665232

Introduction to Photo Editing

Rob Ulitski, Pastel Wasteland

14:00 – 16:00

Photo editing allows designers and photographers to improve photos in countless ways. This can be as simple as cropping and rotating, or complex such as colour grading. If you are new to photo editing this workshop will cover some basic principles for beginners that will set you in good stead for better photo editing in the future.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-photo-editing-with-rob-ulitski-tickets-64165682283

Cyber Security: Is your personal information safe?

Lisa Sugiura, University of Portsmouth

14:00 – 16:00

Social media is now the most common way to communicate online but how do you know if the information you are sharing is secure. On this workshop you will learn the basics of cyber-security and staying safe on line, questioning how much you should expose on social media as well as how to make the best use of available privacy settings.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-security-is-your-personal-information-safe-with-lisa-sugiura-tickets-64165694319

Heroine’s Journey: Introduction to blogging

Alison Habens, University of Portsmouth

14:00 – 16:00

Have you ever thought about your life as a great adventure? Join us for a fun interactive blogging workshop that will take you through a process of reflection and resolution. Look at the learning experiences in your life so far, and figure out how you might like to progress, either personally or professionally, to further educational or employment encounters in the future.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heroines-journey-introduction-to-blogging-with-alison-habens-tickets-64665713891