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.
On Friday night I met up for dinner with a colleague from my placement year at GSK, she is such a cool and kick ass lady and definitely helped to teach me how to handle yourself when managing men and how to stand up for yourself in the workplace 💪
Find yourself a Kerry to help show you the way!
This week I’ve been working on an analytics project with Founders4Schools two days in the office, not only have they been very welcoming and a great team to be a part of, I’m appreciative for the opportunity to do some more work for them remotely over the next couple of weeks.
Founder4Schools’ mission is to help engage students in work placements from a young age, through the use of their app, Workfinder, and providing a platform for Business Leaders to attend school events through their website, this is having a great impact on all types of students.
I was fortunate enough to meet Sherry Coutu at a WCIT Business Luncheon, she started this charity and it has been a great experience to be a part of, even for this little bit of time.
I was happy to see that my new graduate job, Whitbread, offers work experience through Workfinder!
If you fancy representing #WomenInTech then take a look at what we’ve put together in the IT Girl Shop !
Take a look at how the University of Massachusetts is providing fellowships for graduate students from “historically underrepresented groups”… https://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-Amherst-creates-STEM-fellowship-for-underrepresented-groups-19453320
What are your thoughts?
I think this is great that a university is proactively trying to encourage diversity into STEM subjects, however, there needs to be careful considerations put into place to no be indirectly “offensive” and drive a wedge between the students who achieved the same thing but without the fellowship.
How are you feeling ready for this week ahead?
My morning routine usually consists of a cup of tea and a scroll through social media, like a true millennial, before cracking down on the To Do lists I set myself containing both personal and professional tasks. What’s your routine and do you feel it’s working?
Be the best version of yourself this week 💪🏻
Ever since a young age, I’ve always found an interest in maths and science based subjects. Despite there being times when I felt like wanting to pull my hair out of frustration, there was that great feeling of pride and accomplishment at the end of it all when I’d solve an equation or when I’d conduct an experiment.
However, during my GCSEs, I also developed an interest for Business and this further developed during my A-levels when I participated in the “Young Enterprise Challenge”. From this, I picked A-levels based on my interests at the time: Business Studies, Chemistry, Maths and ICT. When looking into university courses, I was keen on further exploring options that would tie in my interest in both Business and Computer Science which naturally then led me to completing a degree in Business Computing. I was eager to start my career in an industry where I could help others and I knew that technology played a vital part in this.
Technology itself intrigued me and I was keen to learn more about the various ways that businesses use technology to provide to their consumers e.g. by using some of the current “buzzwords”; Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain, to name a few.
Unlike some of the other sectors, I knew that the opportunities in the IT sector would be limitless and the career prospects were strong therefore it was obvious to me that it was a promising place to begin my career.
By Ravali Reddy
Deciding to go into IT was quite a journey for me – I found that whilst I was growing up, there were so many paths I could take but never figured out what was appealing to me.
When I was young, I had a huge interest in computers and at one point thought I had all the ingredients to become a master hacker, I was just so interested in the logic behind systems – which was something that no one really educated me about back then.
It wasn’t until I reached my GCSEs where I accidentally picked IT as one of my subjects that my interest was re-ignited. I always had it in my head that IT was ‘just for boys’ but that was quickly shaken off by my female IT teacher who encouraged me to take it a step further.
It was my favourite subject and I loved the fact that IT wasn’t just about being technical. It has so many different elements like design and analysis alongside abit of coding. After alot of research I decided to go into university to study IT, and soon realised how under represented females are in the field!
I made it my goal to make it into an IT related job, to bring a sense of diversity and try to be a role model for those who think IT is ‘just for boys’.
By Sidra Khan
There were three ‘P’ reasons why I wanted to go into IT.
1) Pragmatical -Technology is always developed for resolving some problem or searching the opportunities. As a STEM female, it’s quite fun to tackle the challenges with practical approach, isn’t it?
2) Potential – IT is always growing and it’s never ending journey to find something new or learn something old deeper. It meets my purpose to do something new for people.
3) People – There always exists people behind IT. I love people and love to help people. I believe IT is a partner of people to make our life easier.
Those are why I really like to be a part of IT.
By Yoko Nishida, GSK
LinkedIn: Yoko Nishida
I chose to study IT beacause it is now an integral part of our lives.
I am fascinated by rapid IT innovations and benefits they bring to us therefore, I enjoy learning and being a part of this field.
By Salina Gurung
The reason why I went into IT is because I had a genuine passion for Technology from a young age. Although, I did consider different career paths my love and curiosity concerning the rapid development of technology continued to grow. Therefore, I chose to study computer science at university.
My course continued to deepen my interest because it became evident that technology has no limits as you can create whatever you desire. The only thing that could limit you is your lack of skills which can easily be improved with a bit of practice.
I went into IT because it doesn’t put you in a box. It encourages you to think outside the box to get the best results.
By Titilayo Belo