Komodo Digital is a team that thrives on new challenges and strives to work with the latest technology, from drones to artificial intelligence. They’re a work hard, play hard bunch, where they take their client work seriously and themselves less so.
I caught up with and their Commercial Director, Armin Talić, to talk about Northern talent, apprenticeships and how you can stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing a role in the creative industry.
Would you agree the North is a great place for creative talent?
The North nurtures great creative talent through university, we’re producing very strong candidates to enter the industry… however, what I’d love to see more of is opportunities in the North for us to retain this amazing talent.
Good point, there needs to be the job availability to help our graduate retention. What would you like to see more of in the North to support young creatives coming through?
Scrap the current ‘apprenticeship’ model for creative businesses… it’s a funding farse and SMEs simply can’t offer credible or structure experiences for candidates. I’d replace current incentives with performance based grants. If a business is performing well from P&L, their funding should be much lower than that of a business struggling. This should be coupled with regional insentives for large businesses to engage with SMEs in their region.
Interesting! How do you as a business support graduates and/or collage students?
We offer 1 placement per year for a student to work with our team. They’re on-boarded like a Junior, with the same direct support associated with that role. We don’t hold their hand and don’t expect too much from them either. We partner with Northumbria University, via a partnership with Jamie Steane, to engage with and source the best candidates from their design degrees each year. Our 2 most recent design hires have been through this partnership and have lead to exceptional candidates joining the team.
Why is taking part in events such as the YCC’s BANG! BANG! so important to Komodo Digital?
As much as we try to build a studio that people want to work at, we also need to maintain a profile in our industry. Partnering with fantastic organisations like YCC allows us to build mindshare amongst candidates actively seeking new opportunities. In short, it’s hard to be somewhere that people want to work, if no one knows about us.
What advice would you give to young creatives looking to get into the industry?
Create a strong portfolio of work outside of your academic course work. Challenges like “Daily UI” are a good start and provide structured encouragement. The best employers look for the best candidates, so you should think about gaining experience outside of your discipline to better understand the wider implications of your work.
Big businesses will give you a very different experience than small businesses. If you want to learn under your own steam, then joining a smaller and more agile team might be a good place to start.