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.
Delighted to be announced as a finalist in the 2019 FDM EveryWoman Tech Awards among many inspiring #WomenInTech 🤓 in the Rising Star category!
Looking forward to meeting other women in technology at the award show in March and am very grateful for the nomination and recognition.
Taking place to celebrate International’s Women’s Day, the awards are a timely reminder that only 15% of people working in STEM roles in the U.K. are female and just 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry are held by women.
“Achieve, Elevate and Inspire” is this year’s rally cry
Looking back over the past year, it has been a whirlwind and I hope this can bring me more opportunities to dispel the STEM stereotype.
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.
- Service Delivery
- Project Management
- And others to be
- 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
- I want to help CityMaaS
develop and deliver strong, in whatever capacity I can.
What are you milestones/goals this year?
The 4th female Master of the WCIT was installed and celebrated on Wednesday 10th October, I was fortunate enough to be a part of it alongside my two mentors.
I really enjoy the collaboration of city tradition and modern technology of the WCIT.
I have been fairly quiet on blogging recently because of starting my graduate scheme, learning a lot every day and trying to cram so much in means that the evenings are more about rejuvenating for the next day!
That being said, I cannot believe that I have already been at Whitbread for 2 weeks. I am very grateful I got the opportunity to be on the solution architecture graduate scheme, and am very pleased I went with this job.
Already I’m getting stuck into projects and am lucky to have a really nice team around me to support me, as well as the other graduates. I didn’t realise there was so many types of architecture and what was involved, but I am looking forward to exploring it further.
For me I knew I didn’t want to be at a company that hire hundreds of grads where you have set rotations, some do and I’m not knocking that, but the fact I’m one of four IT graduates also has its benefits and I feel like I am truly in a role as well as being able to do rotations which I can discuss with my sponsor, line manager and HR to decide where I want to go next.
If anybody is in their final year of university or a year after you’ve graduated, I would definitely take a look at what graduate schemes are out there and apply early, there are plenty of websites such as Milkround that can help, but also research the type of company and role you think you want to go into! I was able to secure my grad job in December which took a lot of pressure out of final year… I wish you all luck!!
Now it’s the weekend and then back for my third week next week 🤓
I have 1 week until I start my grad job at Whitbread, I’ve done and achieved a lot this summer and have definitely made the most of it ☀️ but I’m definitely ready to get stuck in, start learning again and working in a team on real projects and be earning money!
Was so amazing to graduate yesterday with all my family, friends and professors by my side who have supported me the whole way!
Off to my new jobs’ social tomorrow to meet the other graduates, such an amazing week marking the end and a beginning! 👩🏻🎓
I’m sorry I’ve not posted in a while, this is because of all the holidays I have been on recently with my friends and family… and other commitments which have needed my attention, it’s been quite nice to just put my phone to one side for a while and now I’m slowly trying to get back into a routine and answer all my messages!
But, I have lots of ideas for the IT Girl blog and community and am very grateful to now have over 200 followers on the twitter page 🎉 … hopefully more to come with more content I will be creating!
Watch this space 👀
From the moment you finish your final exam until the moment you receive your results is a nerve wracking time, however much calculating of grades you’ve done and pep talks you and others have given to yourself, it is always on your mind.
A week ago I woke up very early morning to the news that I had achieved First Class Honours in Business Computing with Professional Practice BSc and an A* in my dissertation… it still feels very surreal! I’ve loved school and it feels weird that for now education has come to an end.
When I found out my result I was in Cornwall on a family holiday, staying with my grandparents whilst my parents were in their caravan at another site. So I went straight into my grandparents and told them, they hopped straight out of bed and then we spontaneously got ready and drove over to my Mum and Dad’s caravan to tell them… about 6am! The reactions of my family definitely were the best bit about achieving the result.
The messaging between all my friends from my course and finding out what others had achieved throughout that day was fun, very proud of my peers and how hard they have worked over the last 3/4 years! Especially finding out my tutor group’s dissertation grades was such a nice moment after spending many hours with them over the year. Cannot wait for graduation in a month’s time and to thank the staff of the Computer Science Department for all of their support over the last 4 years in person.
I know for sure that my experiences and my degree has set me up well for my future, and I will always be thankful for that.
A lot has happened since I turned 21 and I am very thankful for everyone who has supported me in the last year 🙏
Lots more to fill in before my next birthday!