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First Journeyman Dinner

Great evening at the WCIT Journeyman Dinner, it’s great that a charitable and well established livery company and the men and women who make it so great, care so much about mentoring the younger members! Very appreciated and I look forward to giving back how I can too!

If you’re interested in learning more about the WCIT, then feel free to get in contact or check out their website 🤓

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Dissertation Submitted!

It feels weird to think that I am old enough and able enough to have just written and submitted my dissertation…

Personally, I love projects and coursework more than exams and I really enjoyed developing a project from researching, to designing, to developing a solution for a real-life IT business problem. That’s not to say it was a breeze, it’s hard when there’s time and knowledge constraints, and you’re the only resource.

That’s why ensuring you get the right help and support matters, and why my tutor group wanted to do something special for our tutor. So we printed off t-shirts and surprised him by all turning up late, and revealing them.

Whether you’re about to submit or will do in the future, good luck, don’t be afraid to ask for help and make sure you pick a project you’ll enjoy developing 🙂

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Why Don’t We Learn About STEM Vocations?

Growing up there is a lot you are taught to aspire to and careers that you go through phases of wanting to do (including become a fairy princess and cowboy…obviously feasible!) but, often these jobs don’t include STEM roles.

Even at school, the qualifications that are taught are mostly humanities subjects (History, English, Geography…). You have science and mathematics, and now compulsory IT, where theory is taught but these aren’t very encouraging to young people to inspire them to pursue it, consequently, people choose not to and often exclaim things such as “I hate maths”… trust me though, I didn’t like maths either. But likewise, I didn’t really enjoy IT at school either because the school system is so behind what real life was already teaching me, as part of my ICT GCSE I was asked to produce a flyer in Microsoft Publisher… which I already knew how to do since I first went on a PC when I was 10, yet 6 years on it was a piece of coursework.

The problem is that the curriculum doesn’t reflect nor prepare children for real life anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love and still love school! One day I want to pursue teaching in some aspect. But I think it’s time for the government to catch up, children these days can lookup anything they want to learn on Google and can code better than the teachers. So instead of boring them and pushing them away from STEM subjects, why aren’t we showing them what they could do with those skills?

Of course children need to learn the basics and be well-rounded, but how about also asking them what they are interested in doing and giving them options. Maybe even create a mandatory subject for children to learn about different careers available to them and explaining how they can achieve it.

Some kids are lucky, my boyfriend knew he wanted to be a pilot from the age of 6, when he flew a lot to visit his grandparents in Berlin. But I wouldn’t have known at that age I wouldn’t have known at all that IT was the career path for me, unless my teacher at school had pushed me to look into it.

School should be a place for learning about current, real life, as well as theory, otherwise you end up with people wishing they’d chosen a different path.

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What’s On My Desk?

Thanks to some great personalised ads on Instagram, a website was shown to me called Career Girls Daily and since stumbling across this a few days ago I’ve already ordered their “Getting Things Done” planner and been regularly reading posts on their website. I came across this post by Josefin Dahlberg, called What’s On My Desk? and thought that would be a great thing for me to share with you about what’s on my desk…

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Sometimes I love to work on my bed under my duvet, especially if I’m at home working with my cats (who sometimes like to lay on my laptop in a very unhelpful manner).

But when I’m at university and have a lot of work to do, I’m always at my desk where I have a second screen so I can have multiple pages open… or watch TV on 1 screen whilst I work on the other. In true British fashion, I always have a cup of tea present in one of my many humorous mugs, as well as, a bottle of water. I have post-it notes everywhere of little reminders or thoughts that I’ve had and therefore, I have an emoji poop mug with colourful pens in so I am every ready.  A desk lamp and fairy lights to create a cosy ambiance on those late working nights. But most importantly, I have pictures of my family and friends on the pin board on the wall behind my desk, so when I am struggling to find motivation I can always look at them for support.

Creating a good environment for how you work is really important 🙂

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2 Down, 1 To Go…

Today I have submitted 2 out of 3 pieces of coursework, and tomorrow I will submit my last ever piece of coursework which is a really strange feeling!

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I think my placement year helped me to time manager having to complete these 3 coursework pieces whilst also researching for my dissertation, I used Microsoft Outlook to manage my time this term and schedule when to do things both in and outside of uni, which I found really useful as it connects to the app on my phone, allowing me to keep track of what I need to be doing… take a look:

 

I am going to upload shortly my Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Coursework as it was on a really fascinating research paper on autonomous vehicles so keep a look out for that!