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#TuneOut

Being on holiday this week has helped me to unwind after the end of university. One thing I definitely was glad to do was put my phone away for a while and just enjoy the sun, the pool, the food and the company (I guess 😜)

Just because I love technology, it doesn’t mean I want to be surrounded by it all the time, nor be all consumed within it as I see many people are nowadays. I think it’s important to actually be present and live not always through your phone’s camera lense… we all do it though and it’s not until you put your phone, table, laptop etc down that you realise things you may have missed before.

It’s good to #TuneOut to get perspective.

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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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10 Tools For Learning Tech Online

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1) Codecademy – Learn to code for free

2) Udemy – Not only IT courses free/paid

3) IT Online Learning – Paid certifications

4) Plural Sight – Subscription courses

5) Coursera – Free online courses

6) edX – Computer Science courses

7) MIT OpenCourseWare – Free tech learning materials

8) Treehouse – Web Development courses

9) Udacity – Subscription courses

10) Lynda – LinkedIn Learning courses

 

Many of these websites are what I use in my spare time to gain some technical coding knowledge, but they are also good for learning business “soft” skills too!

Take a look 🙂

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STEM Forbes Article

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:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodberger/2018/03/31/stem-education-new-research-sheds-light-on-filling-the-stem-gap-for-girls/#61da704c1cf9

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My 10th Birthday Present

For my 10th Birthday I was allowed my own personal pay-as-you-go mobile… it was all I wanted and I was one of the first people in my class to get one, I was very excited. It is crazy to think that the iPhone was only a figment of Steve Job’s imagination and wouldn’t come out for another two years when I received this.

I remember the tiny black and grey screen with the pixelated text, using it to play snake on… you couldn’t even go on the internet and it wouldn’t connect to WIFI either. It is amazing to think how much technology has advanced since I received this phone 12 years ago, as well as, other fields that rely on technology to enhance their research and industry. Although, I do still miss the drama of the flip phone!

The user’s experience of technology has also changed dramatically, we no longer have to press the 2 button four times to get the letter ‘C’… we can choose to not even type anymore to construct a message. That mobile that I was given as a present, was an additional, and to an extent, unnecessary tool of contacting my friends and family (limited by credit), but now it isn’t just a tool. Our lives revolve around this online world that we hold in our hand.

So what will happen in another 12 years?