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Lyn Bryan

Career Path: Managing Director, 6S Marketing Inc.
Location: Vancouver, Canada

I began my career with a full time graduate position won through Codeworks Connect (the trade association for the North East England's digital industries) at TH_NK, Newcastle Upon Tyne. My skill set was built upon a foundation in interactive design and further enhanced with advanced XHTML and CSS skills in accessible web design. 

Self Development in GUI (Graphic User Interface) issues assisted me in meeting the needs of blue chip clients across North East England. An in depth understanding and grasp of internet marketing developed my role as bridging the gap between design and development teams in the production of top ranking search engine friendly websites.

What are you doing now?Lyn Wilson (2)

After almost nine years in Vancouver, I am now Managing Director for a growing digital marketing agency (6S Marketing). My focus is on business development across North America, and meeting the online marketing and analytics needs of our clients. On traveling to Canada in 2005 I made the decision to settle in Vancouver, having completed an internship 2 years previously with Cossette Toronto and developing a taste for the North American market.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I received a 1st class honours degree in BA (Hons) Interactive Media Design from Northumbia. It was the perfect ticket paired with a well-rounded portfolio to a entering the workforce, and helped differentiate me from other candidates. The discipline of working on many projects with tight deadlines and accountability translated well into what was expected of me in the work force.

What was the best thing about your course?

By far the best thing about the course was the guidance and real world feedback I received. By nature I tend to over cook things. But after much feedback and candid guidance from our lecturers I learned the value of a well justified concept, and solution orientated approach that meets the brief on all levels.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

My head lecturer, Jamie Steane. By no means did I always agree with Jamie, and found myself debating concepts on many occasions as he often challenged me. I very much respected the experience he had within the design industry and having been out in the working world now for some time, I get it even more! It's important to be pushed in order to realise your potential.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/ throughout your career?

I no longer work directly within the design discipline, however the communication skills and foundation acquired at Northumbria were valuable to building my confidence at the time. These skills also helped me establish a style and design vocabulary that translated well when interacting with clients and colleagues in the field.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I loved my course, and I was also very involved in the sports scene at Northumbria and played hockey for the 1st Eleven. I met fantastic people and developed friendships that will last a lifetime.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Do it! Newcastle is a blast, and the skills that you will develop at Northumbria are perfect to kick start your career.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Absolutely . . . Awesome

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