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 🤓
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!
As a previous post shared to you all, in February I was fortunate enough to win the Outstanding IT Student Award 2018 given by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). Since then I have been getting involved with the WCIT and have met some great people, one of them being David Barker who has agreed to be a mentor to me. Upon meeting him he gave me his book, #eSociety, to read and I want to encourage you all to read it also, not because he is my mentor but because I related to a lot of what he wrote.
As well as some great entrepreneurial business techniques that can be learnt from #eSociety, the book can remind us all that through the hardships, unfairness and down-right bad luck which everybody meets both personally and professionally at some point in their lives; there’s always options we have to choose from for how we can drive ourselves through these adversities and some may not be obvious. A mixture of faith, personal and business life all wrapped into one inspirational book. I can relate to some aspects even at this point in my life, having to persevere through education when my Mum’s health has been bad has been difficult, but I choose the path to be there for my family whilst pursuing further education, it could have been easy to go in another direction. Other parts of the book detailing David’s business ventures and continual goal for providing support to the unemployed youth, showed to me how having a passion to work towards is important and to stop at nothing if it is something you truly believe in. It was also really interesting to learn more about how David has got to the place he has got, the odds were against him growing up and if it wasn’t for an opportunity of a business giving him a chance and a government programme to provide that, there is no knowing where his life would have led.
Throughout #eSociety, the message “power of networking” rings through, something that I’m really getting into and enjoying, with the help of the WCIT, an organisation which also aided David in working on his social entrepreneur goals. I would encourage you all to go to networking events, meet as many people as you can, because you never know what may come from making a good impression, to people who will remember.
Overall, it was a great read in understanding how somebody else got to where they are, learn about other’s hardships and successes; and through everything be optimistic that there was a goal they were meant to pursue.
If you would also like to read #eSociety, you can find it on Amazon.
Glassdoor compiled their top 25 jobs in the UK for 2018, and 7 out of those 25 jobs are IT related!
From business analysis to mobile developer, there is no other sector that holds that many jobs in the top 25. It is more than likely that the number will grow in years to come and looking at the other jobs on the list, you cannot complete any of them without at least basic computer tools and applications.
IT is more than just the stereotypical job and you can apply other skills to it, so if you are trying to decide what to get into, why not aim for a top job?
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?
Today I have submitted 2 out of 3 pieces of coursework, and tomorrow I will submit my last ever piece of coursework which is a really strange feeling!
I think my placement year helped me to time manager having to complete these 3 coursework pieces whilst also researching for my dissertation, I used Microsoft Outlook to manage my time this term and schedule when to do things both in and outside of uni, which I found really useful as it connects to the app on my phone, allowing me to keep track of what I need to be doing… take a look:
I am going to upload shortly my Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Coursework as it was on a really fascinating research paper on autonomous vehicles so keep a look out for that!