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#EqualInTech

If you have linked to one of my posts via social media before you probably will have seen the #WomenInTech that I put on my posts. This is because there are huge women in tech communities of Twitter. A place where like minded women come together from different countries and companies, to share their stories and virtually meet their peers. This isn’t common, there is also #WomenInSTEM, #WomenInBusiness, #WomenInConstruction…

But earlier I was on Twitter and I saw this account really laying into the #WomenInTech community for excluding men, just from an original tweet consisting of “I’m so proud of my fellow #WomenInTech”. I don’t often comment on things like this, and I didn’t this time as hundreds of others (not just women) were trying to defend the hashtag community and this man was simply just trolling.

If you’ve read my posts before I discuss more about how everyone should be treated equally. My posts and certainly none of my #WomenInTech peers that I associate with think that women are better than men.

If you google ‘Feminism’ this is the definition: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

It is infuriating to me though that this type of community has to deal with such comments, I wonder if their Mum’s never told them that “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.

In the UK, women in the tech industry take up 18%. Some companies may have more, some may have less but that is the percentage of the industry. Twitter is a big place, it has some very strong minded people and some very impressionable. It only takes one person to look at those trolled tweets and to turn them away from pursuing a career in tech because of the hassle it can cause you by strangers online. Just why? What’s the point?

So the next time you see somebody use #WomenInTech, this isn’t an insult or exclusion from anybody, just a connection to an online community.

We all just want to be treated like equals.

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2018 Reflection

2018 has been an incredible year for me personally, winning the WCIT Student Award and becoming a Journeyman, graduating with a First Class Honours BSc after 4 years of hard work, and moving back home to start my graduate job as a Solution Architect Graduate at Whitbread. I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Corfu, Rome and Edinburgh this year. For all of this and more I am incredibly grateful, as well as, for the support from my friends and family throughout it all.

In terms of this blog, it has been going for just over 1 year and it has grown exponentially in terms of views and social media followers… so in true techy form, here is some data about our 2018 success:

Total Social Media followers (inc. Twitter, Instagram & FaceBook): 2,472

Total Blog Views: 4,032

Total Blog Visitors: 1,922

Total Blog Post Likes: 198

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In 2018, blog views have been from all corners of the Earth, including:

UK, US, India, Austrailia, Canada, Malaysia, Netherlands, Romania, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Kenya, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Nigeria, Hong Kong SAR China, Philippines, Ukraine, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, China, New Zealand, Austria, Indonesia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Nepal, Greece, Poland, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Guyana, Thailand, Russia, Croatia, Oman, Iceland, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Turkey, Denmark, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Switzerland… AMAZING!

The #DOIT Campaign brought the most amount of views, will be looking to do this more and I really love hearing other #WomenInTech and #WomenInSTEM stories, so if you would like to contribute, please comment below or contact me via here or social media – would love to hear from you!

Thank you & Happy New Year!

Why IT Needs Women

Why IT Needs Women

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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.

Natasha Morrison - GlaxoSmithKline - BSc Business Computing with Professional Practice-01Within 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 IT?

Why IT?

me2Why 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.

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Workwear

I know it’s going to sound like a major first world problem…

I find it very difficult to know what to wear for work, “smart casual” is hard especially when I’ve had several people saying I dress much older than my age, but then as a 23 year old what is the appropriate workwear for me which doesn’t also make me stand out as one of the youngest in the office?

I think my workwear style can change quite a bit within a week, also depending on how I’m feeling as with anyone, sometimes I just want to be comfy in a jumper, black jeans and flats. Other times I want to be a bit smarter or maybe I’m meeting a third party and therefore I want to be in heels and a dress.

It’s quite hard to know where to fit in, keep up with latest fashions but also be appropriate for work.

I just wish I had Holly Willowby’s stylist each day 😂

So currently, I’m trying to look online for some inspiration on the types of things I should wear for my age in an office… any suggestions?

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Oct 2019

Oct 2019

So I haven’t been posting much the past couple of months, I’m not too sure why, it isn’t that I don’t want to continue this, I just seem to have other things occupying my time. But, I’ve been overwhelmed with how many people have asked when will I be posting again, so I’m going to definitely make more of an effort going forwards.

So where am I right now?

It has been a year since I joined Whitbread, which has flown by! I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’m getting involved with, but sometimes I can feel like I have Imposter Syndrome, then I remember there is a reason I am there and that I can do it – as I’m sure many can relate to. I’m now onto my 4th graduate scheme rotation, Information Security (InfoSec), for the last two months I’ve been in the Security Operations team, working with them with incidents, threat modelling and gaining an understanding of the tools that are used. It has been a really insightful two months, as I now move on to another part of InfoSec it has been really good to get an overview of that team and work alongside them. Only two more rotations after this and then I will be moving into a full time position come September 2020… I’m excited to see where I will end up within Whitbread. Definitely the biggest thing I’ve learnt is the power of networking, I feel like I’ve learnt so much from people I’ve worked with and met as I’ve rotated round.

In the last 6 months, I have also set up my own company on the side of Whitbread to earn some extra pennies, Viberse, where I provide social media and email marketing consultancy and also build WordPress websites for clients.

In my personal life, I’ve been spending a lot of time down in Bournemouth whilst my boyfriend continues with his flight training – can’t believe it’s been a year he has been there also. I’ve also loved seeing so many of my friends, from school, from placement and from my grad scheme in my spare time; as well as family.

So between all that I guess it is why I haven’t been posting as much, but I really want to share my experiences to you all, continue to help give a perspective from a women in tech and potentially encourage younger girls and women to try out a role in Tech.

Interview Techniques

Interview Techniques

Many of you will be starting to apply for Industrial Placements, Graduate Schemes and Jobs over the next few months, so I thought I’d share some tips with you which have helped me in interviews.

Have you heard of the STAR Method?

STAR is a technique we were taught at university to teach us how to answer interview questions, it is a good way on practising how to give context to an answer whilst also promoting yourself.

Situation – Provide a one sentenced context of the situation

Task – What you had to do in the situation

Action – What involvement you had in the situation and task

Result – Whether it was successful or not, and what you learnt

For example, if you were asked the question “How have you demonstrated teamwork?” you could respond with: (Situation) When I was in university, we had to partake in a group project (Task) where we had to create an app for travelling around London, (Action) within the group I was nominated as Project Manager, this meant I was responsible for the timelines of the app creation and delivery. (Result) We worked well as a team, we’d created a group chat to collaborate and although there were some unexpected issues, as I had built in contingency to the plan it was delivered in time.

Body Language

Body Language is one of the most important things you need to think about when you’re in an interview. Make sure you are sitting up straight, look at your interviewer’s when they are talking and when you are answering, smile, and shake hands at the beginning and end.

Try to make sure you aren’t crossing your arms and slouching, because that will come across that you aren’t interested or you are guarded off.

My Biggest Piece of Advice

The most important piece of advice I can give to you, is to try and talk about things you are passionate about. When you are passionate or excited about something in your life, when you talk about it, you instinctively smile and this is something that will come across well in an interview. If you love horse riding or have competed in athletics and love doing so, then incorporate these in your answers.

I hope the above helps & good luck!

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The Great Hack

Watching the new Netflix documentary this evening, The Great Hack, which focuses upon Cambridge Analytica and it’s involvement in the USA 2016 election and the UK’s Brexit campaigns.

The cliche of “data is more valuable than oil” could never be more true.

We need to learn more about the data we put out there, technology is as much of a benefit to people’s lives as it is a daily privacy struggle.

I definitely recommend giving it a watch 📺

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Viberse

As somebody who is starting off in their career (how have I been graduated for a year already!!!) it is important to seize opportunities and gain a wide range of experience.

When somebody who I met through the WCIT asked if I wanted to do some work alongside her for a few of her clients, I jumped at the chance and I’m glad I did!

In the last couple of months I’ve been very quiet on this platform whilst a lot has been going on at my graduate scheme at Whitbread and whilst I’ve been setting up my company… Viberse.

Starting your own limited company can be a bit tricky to get your head round, and although Whitbread is my main occupation, I love how technology allows me to complete work for clients around my 9-5 job and social life, just to start adding a few more pennies into my house fund!

Viberse is a social media and email marketing consultancy company, I help to deliver relevant content to my client’s fan base with the aim of widening their online reach and interesting information to their subscribers.

I’ve learnt so much already and will continue to do so, this definitely shows the power of saying yes to every opportunity!

Viberse shameless plug… if you are needing help keeping track of your social media or need to strategise how to improve on your social footprint, feel free to contact me: Tasha@Viberse.com or go to the website: www.Viberse.com

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Melinda Gates on Letterman

If you have a spare hour and Netflix, I’d suggest you watch the Melinda Gates episode on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction which is David Lettermen’s show where he interviews some very high profile people.

Melinda Gates discusses the importance of gender equality and women in technology, as well as philanthropy’s role in society; and her new book The Moment of Lift which I will definitely be ordering now!

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Age-Restricted Like and Stream Limits?

I was reading this article on the like and stream limit that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) want to implement to restriction to under 18’s. Although I agree that more needs to be done from a governance level towards the usage of social media; I personally feel that instead of putting in place limits such as, age limits, won’t that just mean more children lie about their age… leading to even greater consequences?

Before limitations are put in place, there needs to be a greater effort at educating children on how to use social media safely and securely, allowing them to flourish in technology, but with the emotional equipment to do so.

Take a look:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47933521