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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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Define: Computing in less than 140 Characters

Computing is the process of using technology to complete a goal-orientated task, which may encompass the design and development of software and hardware systems.

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Communication: Better or Worse Now?

I quite often hear how communication is worse now as everybody is on their phones, not talking in person. I can take this as a point, but I don’t think it is necessarily worse, just different. Personally, I can talk to so many people who it would be hard to keep in contact with, yet it feels like I’m not missing anything because of instant messaging, social media and FaceTime.

I can agree that there are times where we should put devices down and speak face to face, yet there are also times where it is so useful to be able to be speaking to multiple people at once, it allows for collaboration and relationships that would be hard to be formed and maintained otherwise.

I think it is also key to remember that we haven’t always spoken the same language, our communication skills have developed, adding a device into the mix only highlights our ability to adapt and evolve. Being able to have a conversation in emojis mirrors the cave man drawing stories of animals.

I think communication is no worse, but better off given the tools that we now created!

What do you think? Comment below!

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Technology Trends To Watch For In 2019…

I think it is safe to say that the past couple of years have outputted amazing technologies, with the internet of things (IoT) becoming more of a must than siloed devices, I think it is safe to predict that 2019 will be the year of autonomy.

Companies with conversational interface devices such as, Amazon, Google and Apple are at the forefront. I have the Amazon Echo Spot and it is amazing and I’m not even using it to its full potential. The fact that you have the ability to control your whole house with your voice is simply incredible, not only for an average user but it has the potential to change disabled people’s lives by giving them greater independence by being able to control their homes simply by speaking commands. I can turn on my TV and navigate my Amazon Fire Stick through my Echo Spot, get a morning news briefing and play music really well through it, via the Spotify app. When I am able to get a house, I will be purchasing the Ring, which is a doorbell with a camera, connected to the Echo.

I think this is why it can be said that Apple is struggling to compete with Amazon, Google and other companies who are more collaborative. Apple’s business strategy with the iPhone was brilliant when it first came out, shutting down the competition by making everything exclusive. However, this is now back firing on them and frustrating customers. Personally, I think the iPhones are great but overpriced for what they are, I want the new Google Pixel 3, but I have an Apple Watch which will only connect to Apple devices… so I’m stuck in the Apple void. Amazon with the echo device line, has provided so many devices that are compatible with any IoT product e.g. WiFi controlled light bulbs, heating companies who have wireless heating controls like Nest etc. This has meant that it profits but also doesn’t mean that you have to buy only Amazon recommended products to be able to use it.

Autonomy isn’t only in the home, cars are now becoming more autonomous, Tesla is far advanced in this area with Google close behind. The research going into this is incredible, but it still isn’t commercially viable for a fully automated car. Likelihood is this won’t be coming out in 2019, but developments I believe will leap this year in this area.

Autonomy is also closely paired with AI, Big Data and Machine Learning, our goal in business is not only to automate simple tasks to increase profits, but is now to learn from what is automated, what data can we collect to then put in processes to make us more efficient.

Do you agree that 2019 will be the year of autonomy? Comment below!

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A Toast To The Old & New Year

2018 personally and professionally was a great year.

I completed my dissertation and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business Computing from Brunel University; I started my job at Whitbread and are now 4 months into it! I won the WCIT 2018 Outstanding Student Award and was asked to become a Journeyman of the livery. IT Girl blog increased views immensely which was amazing to witness and documented my year, see the success of it here @ 2018 Reflection.

I travelled to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Cornwall, Corfu, Rome, Dorset and Edinburgh.

I hung out with friends and family a lot, doing loads of new things and carrying on traditions of others.

I’ve witnessed the struggles of my boyfriend getting into flying school (due to medical), then I’ve witnessed him flourish there and excel at his exams.

I brought in the new year with the same group of friends that I have since I was 14.

It has been a really great year, so I’ve been apprehensive that 2019 will continue the trend. My boyfriend made a good point to me, even though there aren’t the milestones that 2018 had within it, I can still create my own goals to meet; so here they are:

  • I want to expand IT Girl so that it reaches more people and extends what is posted.
  • I want to complete each rotation within my graduate scheme with at least 3 deliverables in each.
    • Architecture
    • Service Delivery
    • Project Management
    • And others to be decided…
  • I want to be able to improve on my public speaking
  • I want to be confident in my work
  • I want to deliver my services further within the WCIT
    • WCIT Charity Social Media
  • I want to help CityMaaS develop and deliver strong, in whatever capacity I can.

What are you milestones/goals this year?