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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
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!
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.
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 📺
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
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!
Women in engineering… take a look at Katalytik, consulting, coaching and programme development!
For more info also go to Twitter to: @Jan_Katalytik
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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.
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It has been quite a while since I last posted, that is because there has been a lot of uncertainty at both work and home. At work, we’ve been going through a period of restructure, as a graduate and 7 months into my career, it has been eye opening to say the least. Not only witnessing the ways of a FTSE 100 company, but also how the employees handle such a situation, whether that’s taking it in their stride, fighting to stay, or resigning.
Unfortunately, through this restructure we’ve had to say goodbye to our graduate coordinator, which threw up a lot of questions around the future of the graduate scheme. I am fortunate with the support that I have around me, and once the dust settles further I’m looking forward to the opportunities that will be around.
At home, my boyfriend has been on a break from flying school from the end of February, because he had finished the first 6 months and awaiting where and when the next stages of training would be. I can finally say that from next week he will be in Bournemouth until October, which means a lot of long weekends by the English seaside this year!
All of this combined, whilst trying to see family and friends and starting my new rotation at work has just meant I needed to step back slightly from IT Girl. But I’m back, so Hello Again.
After being fortunate enough to be a finalist at the EveryWoman in Technology Awards for Rising Star this week in which I met some amazing women who are doing incredible things such as the founder of Kizcode teaching children to code in Turkey and Africa under threatening conditions.
This weekend I’m lucky to be spending it with some friends, one of which was a fellow IT placement student at GSK with me, who is now doing great things at her graduate job at Boeing.
Lucky to be surrounded by such great women!
Our culture now means we use social media as a way of showing public affection, this is particularly great if your partner can’t be with you physically and with the use of video calls you can have a virtual date wherever you are in the world 🌎
In other recent posts, I’ve spoken about fake personas online, especially in reference to Fyre Festival etc. So if you aren’t celebrating Valentine’s this year then don’t worry, you aren’t alone and just because when you scroll through social media you see happy faces, it doesn’t mean that there is happiness or perfection there. So don’t let that get you down!
That being said, I hope everyone enjoys their day 💕🤓
Take a look at the inspirational Dame Stephanie Shirley who is a big part in the WCIT where I am a Journeyman.
It is unimaginable now that as a woman you wouldn’t be listened to just because of your name, but I know this was a very common thing and to some extent it still is today, not just with women and men but preconceptions when you read somebody’s name or CV before actually meeting them.
Unfortunately, it is still common for women to have to choose between a career and a family, often that is an individuals choice and increasingly more companies are willing to help with flexible hours etc. But there is still a choice to be made and that’s a lot of pressure on a woman’s mental health.