I’m half way through my exams, 2 more this week and I’ll be finished… feels very surreal. Just got to give that last little push on this home stretch! 💪 🤓
It is hard to feel optimistic that equality in STEM is going to improve when reading this ladies’ thoughts on how she has seen the industry not develop in this way over the past 25 years, but did develop in becoming a “24/7 work culture” which she surmises is linked.
There is hope that with each women who does become a part of STEM, that they take the time and resources they have to inspire at least one other, in the hope it will cascade to others.
Take a look 🙂
It’s the last day of April and it is just dawning on me what the next month brings…
📝 I’ll have finished all 4 of my exams, which means I will have technically finished university and will just be awaiting the results.
🏡 I’ll have moved out of student accommodation and back home.
👯♀️ Moving home means I will be saying bye to my university friends, some who I’ve lived with, which will be strange not knowing when I’ll next be seeing them.
🇳🇱 I will have visited Amsterdam with my boyfriend and friends to celebrate end of exams.
🧡 I will have said goodbye to some GSK colleagues as I’ve ended my dissertation with them and will be moving away from where their offices are.
🇬🇷 I will be having another holiday with my boyfriend to Greece, ending on the last day of May and wrapping up what I presume will be a weird, yet wonderful month!
It’s strange to think that I have no more lectures left… a week and a half until exams start!
Better get back to the books 🤓
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!
Write down your fears, all of them, then go one by one writing down beside them what you’re going to do about it. Now you have a plan. They aren’t fears anymore, you’re empowering yourself to develop.
I could not agree more with this article that is based upon research commissioned by Microsoft.
It not only highlights the growing gender gap within the STEM industry, but also expresses how careers are not highlighted to young women as they should.
Take a look:
Many people I speak with both academically and personally always ask the question to me “Why is there hardly any girls wanting to go into IT?”
Of course I have my own thoughts on it… personally I believe the way in which IT is viewed is very IT Crowd and not reflective of the actual sector and this needs to change. People’s perception can dissuade, as much as persuade. IT isn’t just a sector for coders, but is also for Project Managers, UX Designers and Business Analysts (among many other roles) which are not technical. Maybe this isn’t the reason, but what do you think it is?
More importantly, what can we do about it?