When we’re hiring, we look for attitude and behaviour as much, if not more than, technical skills. We have people in the business who are very specialised (for example, in filmmaking or immersive technologies), but their attitude is broader than that, with a problem-solving mindset to work out the best solutions. We also look for people who are thinkers as much as doers. We’ll go out and explore, understanding how consumers are buying before designing adverts, for example. We also understand when to bInside the studioring in specialists, and not try to do everything ourselves – I think that's pretty important.
We are pretty involved in trying to develop the next generation of creatives, digital thinkers and practitioners. Six or seven of us are STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] ambassadors in Liverpool, who get out to schools and talk about careers in creative tech. We are also a partner member of Liverpool Girl Geeks, who champion diversity in the workplace.
We have a number of internships and placements throughout the year. On the visualisation team we usually have one or two 12-month internships paid at above living wage. These are typically filled by Bournemouth University students in their sandwich year, as they have a course which is very aligned with what we do. We also do a number of three to six-month internships.