Matas Ziemys, a 2021 graduate from the University of Derby’s BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology programme, took a diverse career path from a backstage assistant on international concert tours to an Analytical Consultant at Google in London. Known for his inquisitive nature during lectures, Matas transitioned his career focus towards project management after a specific module caught his interest. His trajectory showcases how the broad-based learning at Derby can open doors to varied industries and roles. Matas’s experiences highlight the value of asking questions and embracing new learning opportunities, underscoring the impactful and adaptable education offered at Derby.
Matas Ziemys, Class of 2021
Current job + employer:
Google – Analytical Consultant
What did you do/study prior to coming to Derby?
Before coming to Derby, I worked as a backstage assistant with international concert tours with the likes of Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Alan Walker. In addition, I led a private high-end events company, GLITCH Entertainment, that implemented a range of ground-breaking technological, marketing, and production decisions, and landed a range of sponsorship deals with the likes of RedBull and others.
Why did you choose to go to the University of Derby?
While working on Robbie Williams’ Heavy Entertainment Show, I had a chance to spend some time with Robbie’s in-house production team which advised me to go to the University of Derby to gain a better understanding, obtain a deeper knowledge and develop a skillset that would allow me to pursue my professional career in the live events industry.
Did you start the course with a specific focus or were you undecided?
When I started the course I didn’t have any specific focus on the subject area and I was learning aspects of the industry as a whole while trying to discover my focus area.
Did that focus change on the course? If so, how?
Yes, after one of the modules with video cameras, I gained a strong interest in film, promotion/marketing, and project management.
Has that focus changed on graduating? If so, how?
That focus has not changed and I strongly believe that one of the modules has allowed me to discover my true passion which landed me my first job in the film industry.
What was the most useful thing you learned on the course?
Resilience. This skill was specifically important during my final year technology project.
What did you learn on the course that you thought you’d never use, but that has come in handy during your career?
Coding. This skill has been very helpful with data analysis tools.
What did you do on the course that you never thought you would enjoy?
Show-control working principles. Understanding the subject allows me to easily observe behind-the-scenes principles of the show elements operating in the background of theme parks and attractions.
What was your favourite establishment in Derby (pub, bar, club, restaurant, etc.)?
What is your most memorable moment from Derby?
Meeting Paul Kell ‘PK’ and holding lighting plans for the Genesis 2006 Tour. Also, being taught by Jon Burton.
What/who at Derby most influenced your life, and how/why?
Adam Hill. During COVID we had multiple amazing conversations about future careers, aspirations, and goals, but there was one chat that opened my eyes and gave me a clear view of the character, leadership, and future education that shapes my career up to this day.
What would you say to a Derby first year student, knowing what you know now?
Ask questions, and if you already asked, ask again.
What have you done professionally since graduating?
I have worked as a Head of Film for a private international concierge company managing the lifestyles of ultra-high net worth individuals, specializing in film premieres, meet and greets, film festivals, private screenings, etc. Then, I worked in Business Development for a technology startup specializing in sales, marketing, and branding. Currently, I am working for Google in their Measurement and Analytics area with tech, media, telecom clients.
Have any Derby alumni or staff opened any doors for you? If so, who?
Jon Burton – sourced invitations to one of the coolest gigs I have ever attended.
What is your most memorable moment from your career so far?
Walking on a red carpet with George Clooney.
What are your future career plans/ambitions?
Lead one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world.