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 🤓
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 🤓
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!
I was thinking about how I could expand my coding knowledge in my spare time, without having to sit at a computer to learn.
So I took a look at the “learn to code” apps on the Apple App Store, and after trying out a few I found that the reviews and the ease of use is in the Mimo App.
So give it a go – it may be for you 🤓 📱
TechCrunch did a great article on their opinion of it: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/19/mimos-new-app-teaches-you-how-to-code-on-your-iphone/?guccounter=1
On Friday night I met up for dinner with a colleague from my placement year at GSK, she is such a cool and kick ass lady and definitely helped to teach me how to handle yourself when managing men and how to stand up for yourself in the workplace 💪
Find yourself a Kerry to help show you the way!
How are you feeling ready for this week ahead?
My morning routine usually consists of a cup of tea and a scroll through social media, like a true millennial, before cracking down on the To Do lists I set myself containing both personal and professional tasks. What’s your routine and do you feel it’s working?
Be the best version of yourself this week 💪🏻
There were three ‘P’ reasons why I wanted to go into IT.
1) Pragmatical -Technology is always developed for resolving some problem or searching the opportunities. As a STEM female, it’s quite fun to tackle the challenges with practical approach, isn’t it?
2) Potential – IT is always growing and it’s never ending journey to find something new or learn something old deeper. It meets my purpose to do something new for people.
3) People – There always exists people behind IT. I love people and love to help people. I believe IT is a partner of people to make our life easier.
Those are why I really like to be a part of IT.
By Yoko Nishida, GSK
LinkedIn: Yoko Nishida
I am one of the many people who just fell into IT to be honest. In fact, I am currently running a Women in Tech Survey and initial results are showing nearly half of the women interviews (who work in IT), just fell into their IT jobs!
Anyway, my story is that I was looking for a new challenge and change of environment. The employment agency recommended an admin job in an IT department for a software company. I have to say, I was not excited at the prospect as I imagined it to be a very “male” environment and that it would probably not be for me, I really didn’t want to work in an “IT Crowd” type of environment!
However, I went along for the interview and when I arrived I was very surprised to see one of the interviewers was a lady. Almost immediately I felt more at ease knowing that, if I was to get the job, I would not be the only female in the department. There is a lot to be said for having women on the interview panel and it was a smart move by the hiring IT Manager nearly 18 years ago!
Anyway, I really enjoyed the interview, liked the idea of this interesting new challenge and he rest is history as they say!
By Sarah Lewis, Founder of The Techie Girls
Twitter: @LDSarahLewis, @TheTechieGirls