Digital Matchr Review

Digital Matchr

On the ‘Make it Digital’ section of the BBC there is an interactive career match resource called ‘Digital Matchr’. Futures thought we would give it a blast and report back to you!

When you click onto Digital Matchr you are first provided with information about the digital sector, a link to the test, and further information about why digital skills are so important as well as some featured videos.

They are inspired by the behaviour assessment tool DISC, based on the work of US psychologist William Moulton Marston. DISC theory looks at whether people are task or people focused, outgoing or reserved and then try and link your answers to one one of 10 different profiles and job roles within digital. The resource has been developed by The Tech Partnership and in collaboration with Google.

They also provide you with a range of links, videos and how you can learn code and other useful workshops (which are unfortunately) down South. However, we are a bit of a digital force in the North East and a sector which is growing rapidly and worth further exploration for students with interests in: computing, analysis, creating, science, logic, development, business and many more. Digital can take you anywhere and many of the jobs available now in digital didn’t even exist 5-10 years ago which is crazy and it’s not slowing down yet, but predicted to grow four times faster than any other sector.

What next?

Perhaps encourage pupils/students to take the test and check out some of the links below. We will be also posting events as we find them on the website and planning some great #Futureyou blogs:

Coderdojo North East  coding clubs that meet regularly across the North East

DigitalSkills Event for Girls North East (Jan 28th 2016) If you have not booked already, it may be worth contacting Karen Marshall (Apprentice, Education and Engagement Lead) at Accenture and register for future events and find out how they may be able to support your school and apprenticeship opportunities. Check out this round up by the Stemettes of the 2015 event.

Have a look at some of the really cool companies based at Campus North. Its a hub of start-ups, digital, tech, great ideas and even better company names!

There is also a hub of IT linked companies who have grouped together to form Dynamo North East  Again worth checking out as they regularly have events that may be of interest.

Sunderland Software city is inspiring and leading the growth of the thriving software industry too, providing world-class facilities, a skilled workforce, support and connections businesses need to succeed.  They also have an excellent jobs section and business directory.

The Artisan Inventor

I enjoyed having a go on Digital Matchr with my match the ‘Artisan Inventor’.  It’s definitely worth a shot even if it’s just to find out what profile you are.

Powers: detail and precision as well as being enthusiastic, friendly and excitable (of course) and apparently exceptionally gifted like Lassie the dog! (bursting with Lassie pride right now.)

Prescription: great at user experience, game development or multimedia production.  Sounds good and I would agree areas I would be interested in…. although there are many more too.

Earnings: I could be starting on £27,000 and earning by the time I’m 30 £65,000! (Wowsa, definitely in the wrong game.)  A quick Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) check estimates average wages of around £40,000.

To share your: digital courses, careers, business’, experiences, workshops, events and reviews,  email: FuturesNE to feature on the blog and website.


Get involved with Futures

Inspiring and Creating Futures:

Futurstares NE will launch in 2016 to support and provide advice and inspiration for secondary pupils who are starting to think about or are making next step choices.  Futures is though more personal and relevant as it focuses on opportunities within the North East and will pull together, events, courses, job information (using LMI for all data), employers, apprenticeships, work experience opportunities as well as; interviews, feature guest blogs and virtual work experiences with students, undergrads, universities, apprentices and employee’s, from all across the region. We want to create the most useful, informative and engaging secondary careers guidance website available and showcase the great opportunities available!

Connecting the dots…

Futures will also try to connect the dots… what we mean by this is connect careers, courses you can study and potential future employers in one spot or what we are calling Spotlight.  Some young people may have a career in mind but don’t know what to do next, others may be inspired by an employer/product or service but don’t know what qualifications they need, others may have specific courses in mind that they wish to study but with no idea of what future careers or employers would be relevant for their skills and qualifications. Some may feel utterly helpless as it’s a negative to all of the above…. queue Futures to help! It’s also important to Futures that we encourage young people to explore how they can make an impact on society and solve big problems and will regularly feature ways and ideas on how they can achieve this as well as areas/sectors of growth and opportunity.

From transport information to gig reviews; our intention is to feel more like a lifestyle guide rather than another education website. We will however be working very closely with pilot schools and their influencers to make sure we keep developing a useful and engaging website that is supporting secondary school students and educators as well as linking to and supporting the Gatsby Good Career Guidance benchmarks and regional pilot projects currently taking place.

Get Involved with Futures

We hope to encourage you all to get involved with Futures and here is how:

Schools: If you would like further information about how Futures can support your school contact Futures. We can support by offering CPD for teachers on CIAG, how to use and make the most of the Futures website as well as assemblies, workshops and resources to support lessons and embed career messages across the curriculum.

Employers: Submit your employer details so we can promote your business and future career opportunities. Promote your events, write a blog or ask an employee to. Take part in virtual work experience hangouts and advertise job and apprenticeship opportunities!

FE, Training Providers and 6th Forms: promote open events, workshops, provide guest blog features from current students and great news stories.

Apprentices, undergrads, and to all aspiring bloggers: Share your apprenticeship, higher ed experiences, research, lifestyle reviews and news with us.  The plan is for you to motivate, inspire and support. You were in their position not that long ago and your advice is immensely valuable.

To all the fantastic educational and non educational people and organisations in between: promote, feature, review, share, encourage, use and link to Futures. If you can inspire, support and provide positive and engaging experiences for young people, which will have positive impacts on their future choices, education, health and lifestyle, we would love to hear from you!

So, that’s a little more information (well a lot for a blog), which we hope may encourage you to get involved with Futures.  Please contact us for more information by emailing: We already have a number of organisations involved and welcome as many as possible.  A joined up approach to careers and aspiration raising in the North East would be an incredible achievement and absolutely possible.

Look forward to hearing from you.


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