IT needs women to bring a different skill set to teams, to bring new ideas and opinions, and to be equal in all things ‘nerdy’.
I knew going into a IT degree that I would be in the minority, yet I didn’t realise that in nearly every group project I would be the only girl out of six, or sitting in lectures I would be one of ten girls out of a hundred guys.
Within my industrial placement year, I worked at a great company which has won awards for gender equality and I never was made to feel vulnerable or inferior, yet I was still aware that I would be working with majority of men.
This isn’t the fault of the university or companies, there just simply isn’t enough girls interested in going into the technology sector and that stems from little engagement from an early age. This isn’t a glamorous job that at an early age you are taught to aspire to, yet it is so important to everybody’s future that it should be.
My goal is to promote IT and aim to be a Women in STEM role model.
Why I wanted to get into IT… because it is the future.
Why I wanted to go to Brunel University… because it offered me excellence in education and support, even before I had joined.
Why I wanted to do a placement… because it would expand my horizons and give me invaluable experience, which has bettered me both personally and professionally.
Sometimes it is good to reflect on the opportunities that we have, by writing this post I am lucky enough to have a laptop, internet, safe, clean, and encouraging environment. Others are not so lucky, from meeting a lot of people from different background it is easy to understand how lucky I am coming from a small village in Hertfordshire where my schools were a 5 minute walking distance, I was able to get a job whilst at school to afford to run a car at 17 and then to pursue university.
Many others are not so lucky, even within the UK there are many unemployed youth, homeless communities, and the disabled who would love to be in positions with less than what I and yourselves have. At some point in your career I would encourage you to remind yourselves of these people and do something within your reaches to help. I have fortunate to have the WCIT platform to help to grow an understanding of where I can help.
What can you do to help?
My last university exam was yesterday… now 3 months off until I start my graduate role in September!
Last exam was this morning… university is finished! So surreal
I’m half way through my exams, 2 more this week and I’ll be finished… feels very surreal. Just got to give that last little push on this home stretch! 💪 🤓
Monzo… A mobile bank that allows me to budget and track my spending, I get instant notifications when I buy something and can pay mobile contacts easily.
Spotify… Music on the go and good for in the car!
Peak… Bit of brain training
Google Maps… Have become very reliant upon!
Amazon… Love a cheeky mobile purchase!
HayDay… I do love games that I can build up levels, nerdy but fun, along with, Clash Royale!
OneNote… which I have saved on my OneDrive and can use on my iPhone and it updates onto my laptop.
Of course… all my social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp!
When you’re in the eye of a storm it is hard to see how bad things can lead to good, but there is always a silver lining you can focus on, however small it may be.
For me, growing up with my Mum being ill a lot and now needing full time care has often seemed at times that there was a consistent bad energy surrounding me and my family. But as I look back on it now, if I hadn’t overcome those adversities than I wouldn’t appreciate my family as much as I do. I may not have worked so hard so that I don’t end up in similar position to my parents and Mum health-wise. I feel that I can put things into perspective better than some others my age, because of being able to step back and compare.
Nobody knows the future and optimism is hard, but overcoming hardships is beneficial to how you tackle life situations. Just keep living.
The Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, feels passionate that it is not only about the need to encourage more girls into IT/STEM, but to help boost their confidence that their skill sets do match the skills needed for STEM. I think this is very important.
It is as much about smashing the STEM stereotype, as it is the glass ceiling.
There are many organisations like CodeFirst: Girls and Stemettes aiming to do this, but what can you?
Take a look 🙂
Find a study group and discuss your exam topics, sit there and google away together until you find the answers you need… grab a whiteboard and mind map your ideas together.
Together you can find the answers!
It’s easy to just be another bottle on a shelf, but make sure you live.