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This week’s #wamimh

My week summed up: Early mornings, awful drives home, free lunch and nice work campus walks 🤓

Now for the weekend, seeing my boyfriend and relaxing before doing it all again next week!

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#WAMIMH Day 1

Walk a month in my heels day 1… got to work early, 6 meetings done ✅, couple of powerpoints created and out for dinner and crazy golf with two other grads 👌 now off to bed 😴

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It’s with great pleasure (and amazement) that I say I have over 1500+ followers over 4 social media platforms, but I’d love to grow this even further, so that IT Girl can try to help one more girl out there into STEM and to grow a bigger network at the same time. So please share http://www.TashaITGirl.com on any platform you see fit, or if you have any ideas it would be great to collaborate with 🤓 Thank you x

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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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A Week It’s Been…

It’s been a week since I finished my last university exam and drove off to fly to Amsterdam where I had one of the best weekends ever, with some amazing friends.

When I returned to England, I came back to my parent’s house and went out for a meal to celebrate finishing university with my parents, sister, boyfriend and both sets of grandparents. I’m very lucky to have such a huge support system.

I then returned to Uxbridge on Wednesday to have lunch with my colleagues from GSK, nearly a year after I left and it’s great to be catching up with them, weird to not know whether I’ll see them again or not. That evening I went out for another meal with my dissertation group and tutor (Team Rob ftw!) which was great and we had such a laugh, really great way to end the year after all our worries and stress regarding our dissertation and the encouragement we got from our tutor.

Thursday was a great day too, I met up with a friend and we took her gorgeous little girl to a soft play area and out shopping! Later on I had a WCIT dinner at the Waterman’s Hall, which was magnificent to celebrate diversity and inclusion, much to my surprise I was sat at the top table and was mentioned in the Master’s speech, I very much appreciated his and everyone’s kind words. It’s really nice to be a part of that community!

Friday again was busy, met my friend for breakfast and then we helped with the Level 2 transition day for our department, anybody who knows me knows I love to talk, and I really do love chatting about how I found my placement year and this past year of university, giving them advice which I hope will be of value. I was also able to see one of my mentors, David Barker, on campus promoting the Placer app at the Brunel Careers Fair. After I rushed off to pack up my room into my car (not sure how it all managed to fit in my little Seat Ibiza), handed in my keys, and drove off into the distance. I am officially moved back to Hertfordshire now!

It’s been a hectic week but I love to be busy, better than having nothing to do!

(Now off to Corfu for a few days to actually relax… with nothing to do but read a good book whilst tanning)

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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.

Where Am I Right Now?

Where Am I Right Now?

Graduating in 2018 brings mixed feelings but is exciting, I am a person who likes to know and plan where their next step is. So the thought of leaving with a university degree, no more mainstream education to complete, without knowing where I’ll be working and living is a scary thought for me.

I used the same strategy that I used to achieve my industrial placement, apply early. Before your time gets taken up with university work and Christmas etc, apply for placements and graduate schemes in September and October. This way you have the time to sit down and really impress a company with your application and then proceed to sit back and wait for the congratulations or unfortunate rejections.

Applying for graduate schemes is repetitious, all of the job specifications end up blurring into one until you start hearing back from companies. There isn’t anything better than receiving that email from the company you’re aiming for, informing you that you’ve been successful. I am fortunate to be in a position after receiving several rejections, that I’m starting to attend assessment centres. I am one of those strange people who enjoy face-to-face interviews because I love being able to understand and see how people are reacting to what I’m saying. That being said, I’m still nervous because of how much weight this holds for my future.

Without being cliché, the best advice is to be yourself throughout your applications, it may be easy to think that if you exaggerate your abilities it will get you further but then you’ll just end up putting yourself in a position that you don’t want to be in.

The right company is out there for me, and I just have to explore all my options until I find a perfect match.

In my personal life, everything is great at the moment, I couldn’t ask for a more supportive friend and family community around me, both in and outside of university. I like to surround myself with a wide range of ambitious, talented and driven people; and am proud of what my childhood and university friends are achieving in their lives. In particular, I am very proud of how much my boyfriend has achieved this year from graduating Brunel University with a degree in Aviation Engineering, to recently being accepted into flying school as an easyJet cadet. Having such positive people around me really encourages me to want to do my best also, I believe that is important to being successful.