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12%

That is the percentage of female engineering and technology undergraduates in the UK.

This needs to change, and it is good to see it reported that the government is trying to push initiatives alongside industry leaders for a goal of equalism in these sectors. But, I think it would also be good to see the universities’ and colleges taking a more proactive approach to recruit, spark an interest and inspire women to do these degrees. Not just to boast the stats, but because this is what is needed.

I also think it is interesting that the article says “The challenge the modern woman has in the workforce is the expectation to do and be EVERYTHING.”, this could be why women don’t want to have that pressure whilst also trying to be heard in a male dominated industry, such as technology. I think there is an expectation to an extent as there are certainly more complications when wanting to advance your career and wanting a family, but it is important to remember this depends on the individuals involved.

Take a look at the full article:

http://www.womeninstem.co.uk/women-in-tech/government-initiatives-push-to-get-women-in-stem

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Commence Revision

Today is the day I start full-time revision for my final year exams… in just over a month I will have completely finished university! The time has flown past.

Something I have learnt, is to give myself a break when I’ve reached a deadline or need to balance out what I am doing. Having a break and stepping away from what you need to do is often beneficial to what you are able to then achieve. It’s hard to not procrastinate for too long… especially with Netflix rolling onto the next episode in a series for you! But treating yourself to a break is only a good thing 🙂

So I took a week off last week, I saw a lot of family, went on a mini break to Copenhagen with my boyfriend, and watched many films!

And now… tea fuelled revision!

2018… the year of a new life chapter

2018… the year of a new life chapter

It is crazy to think how quick time is going and how long I have left at university. I’m excited to be moving on, yet like most millennials I think it is daunting as we’ve tried to put off adulthood for as long as possible!

It is 56 days until my dissertation is due, 119 days until my last exam, and 172 days until graduation… I wouldn’t say I’m excited to be leaving university but I am eager to be moving on. Recently I have started to reflect upon my time at university, it has been filled with great and not-so-great times, yet I’ve learnt a lot about who I am professionally and personally. Living on my own gave me independence, which is why it is weird to think shortly I will be moving home for a couple of years (although the free food will be good!)

I have these 3 boxes which I bought before I went to university, aptly each box is like the keyboard letters “Alt”, “Ctrl” and “Delete”, each filled with items from each year of university. Looking back through them reminds me of so many memories, from the 5K Colourdash t-shirt from Year 1 to countless nightclub wristbands and glowsticks.

My piece of advice to anybody about to go off to university would be very cliche, Be Yourself! University is most likely to be the one place where you can mix with many people who are like you, whilst at the same time be mixing with a lot of people not like you. I’ve met people that I’m unlikely to stay in touch with and others that are life long friends. A lot of movies and TV shows build this idea up of university to be this amazing place where you will meet your lifelong best friends and have the greatest time of your life, and not to be a buzzkill, but that isn’t often the case and it is also the place you are paying £9K a year to further your education and career aspirations. Balance is key, go on nights out and have a great time, but also turn up to your lectures and don’t leave assignments too late 🙂

 

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Life Update

I am in the very fortunate position to announce that as of Friday I have a graduate role. I attended an assessment centre (tips for these shall be featured soon) at Whitbread, which is the parent company for Costa, Premier Inn, Beefeater & others.

It was an intense day consisting of a group task, networking lunch, case study and 2-1 interview. I wasn’t sure what to expect as although this is a FTSE100 company I hadn’t heard of the parent company name, but it was a good day and I met such lovely people and it was such a great atmosphere… ticked all the boxes!

So the next morning I get a phone call from Whitbread with positive feedback and an opportunity to go in again that day to speak with an IT Architect because they think I’d be capable of being placed in this area instead of the streams they currently were offering, which sounded great. So I got my business gear out once again, drove to Whitbread and met with the IT Architect who was very welcoming and engaging and he told me about the role and responsibilities. It sounded like what I’d always wanted to do but never knew the name of it. After our meeting I got a call straight back to say that they’d love me on board and I was astounded… it all feels very surreal still but I’m pleased to say that in September 2018 I will be starting as a grad IT Architect at Whitbread!

Now to crack on with my dissertation 💪

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.