Chief Engagement Officer - Mike Brooman

Company: Vanti
Job Title: Chief Engagement Officer
Bio: Collaborative Relationship Builder, Team Performance Amplifier, Creative Problem Solver, Professional Geek, Innovator & Chief Engagement Officer at Vanti.

What does an average working day look like?

An average day looks like this:
  • Continuously learning about new technologies.
  • Spotting growth opportunities for our business.
  • Inspiring and motivating others to reach their potential.
  • Talking with clients about their requirements. Providing consultancy around technology strategy

What advice would you give someone getting into the industry?

Top 3 tips
  1. Identify what you're interested in and what motivates you. Next to sleep, your job is the longest activity you're ever going to do- you might as well make it something you enjoy!
  2. Try to get experience (even unpaid- shock horror!) in that field
  3. Uni isn't for everyone, consider higher level and/or degree apprenticeships

How can we inspire more young people and women into the industry to fill the ever widening skills gap?

  • Industry needs to communicate with academia more, especially at a grass roots level
  • Schools, colleges and HE need to reach out to local businesses
  • Academics need to understand the breadth of technology roles available - young people are often stunted in their potential by the lack of knowledge of people in positions of influence (parents and teachers)