So I haven’t been posting much the past couple of months, I’m not too sure why, it isn’t that I don’t want to continue this, I just seem to have other things occupying my time. But, I’ve been overwhelmed with how many people have asked when will I be posting again, so I’m going to definitely make more of an effort going forwards.
So where am I right now?
It has been a year since I joined Whitbread, which has flown by! I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’m getting involved with, but sometimes I can feel like I have Imposter Syndrome, then I remember there is a reason I am there and that I can do it – as I’m sure many can relate to. I’m now onto my 4th graduate scheme rotation, Information Security (InfoSec), for the last two months I’ve been in the Security Operations team, working with them with incidents, threat modelling and gaining an understanding of the tools that are used. It has been a really insightful two months, as I now move on to another part of InfoSec it has been really good to get an overview of that team and work alongside them. Only two more rotations after this and then I will be moving into a full time position come September 2020… I’m excited to see where I will end up within Whitbread. Definitely the biggest thing I’ve learnt is the power of networking, I feel like I’ve learnt so much from people I’ve worked with and met as I’ve rotated round.
In the last 6 months, I have also set up my own company on the side of Whitbread to earn some extra pennies, Viberse, where I provide social media and email marketing consultancy and also build WordPress websites for clients.
In my personal life, I’ve been spending a lot of time down in Bournemouth whilst my boyfriend continues with his flight training – can’t believe it’s been a year he has been there also. I’ve also loved seeing so many of my friends, from school, from placement and from my grad scheme in my spare time; as well as family.
So between all that I guess it is why I haven’t been posting as much, but I really want to share my experiences to you all, continue to help give a perspective from a women in tech and potentially encourage younger girls and women to try out a role in Tech.
Delighted to be announced as a finalist in the 2019 FDM EveryWoman Tech Awards among many inspiring #WomenInTech 🤓 in the Rising Star category!
Looking forward to meeting other women in technology at the award show in March and am very grateful for the nomination and recognition.
Taking place to celebrate International’s Women’s Day, the awards are a timely reminder that only 15% of people working in STEM roles in the U.K. are female and just 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry are held by women.
“Achieve, Elevate and Inspire” is this year’s rally cry
Looking back over the past year, it has been a whirlwind and I hope this can bring me more opportunities to dispel the STEM stereotype.
If you’re looking for a graduate scheme in IT, then take a look and apply for the scheme that I’ve been on since September.
As part of the IT Architecture stream, I’ve been working with colleagues on designing new or making changes to existing IT systems. I’ve learnt so much within 3 months there already with the support of my line manager, mentor and sponsor, as well as, other members of my team and other members of the company.
As graduates we are also striving towards giving back, we are doing this through the company aligned charity Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
With the Costa sale, Whitbread brands such as Premier Inn and Beefeater, are going to be in an even stronger position for growth and this is where IT is key.
So take a look:
If you have any questions, feel free to message me! 🤓
6 years ago I went to Brunel University for a Computing Taster Day, having not decided what I was going to do at uni yet or what uni to go to, but that day I decided both those things!
Crazy how time flies, I’ve finished my degree and am working in tech, if it wasn’t for events like that I don’t know where I’d be or what I would have done. That’s why putting effort back into promoting STEM has best interest for everybody!
My week summed up: Early mornings, awful drives home, free lunch and nice work campus walks 🤓
Now for the weekend, seeing my boyfriend and relaxing before doing it all again next week!
It’s with great pleasure (and amazement) that I say I have over 1500+ followers over 4 social media platforms, but I’d love to grow this even further, so that IT Girl can try to help one more girl out there into STEM and to grow a bigger network at the same time. So please share http://www.TashaITGirl.com on any platform you see fit, or if you have any ideas it would be great to collaborate with 🤓 Thank you x
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 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 💪