After being fortunate enough to be a finalist at the EveryWoman in Technology Awards for Rising Star this week in which I met some amazing women who are doing incredible things such as the founder of Kizcode teaching children to code in Turkey and Africa under threatening conditions.
This weekend I’m lucky to be spending it with some friends, one of which was a fellow IT placement student at GSK with me, who is now doing great things at her graduate job at Boeing.
Lucky to be surrounded by such great women!
Take a look at the inspirational Dame Stephanie Shirley who is a big part in the WCIT where I am a Journeyman.
It is unimaginable now that as a woman you wouldn’t be listened to just because of your name, but I know this was a very common thing and to some extent it still is today, not just with women and men but preconceptions when you read somebody’s name or CV before actually meeting them.
Unfortunately, it is still common for women to have to choose between a career and a family, often that is an individuals choice and increasingly more companies are willing to help with flexible hours etc. But there is still a choice to be made and that’s a lot of pressure on a woman’s mental health.
I was watching The Grand Tour episode from Friday 8th Feb, and in their usual “Conversation Street” part of the show they started to talk about a new racing league which is going to be women only and their thoughts on the matter, and probably the best thing Richard Hammond has ever said is that we should be encouraging girls from an early age to be getting into go karting and racing.
I completely agree with this, it’s the same for the STEM industries, I always get asked how do we get more women into tech and to some extent it’s too late by the time they are at university etc, to gain a real increase we need to be putting the effort into exposing girls under 10 to what they can achieve in STEM.
I can understand why in sport there are segregated leagues and teams etc, especially if it’s to do with different types of weight categories, like boxing, however when it is something like racing I don’t think it’s necessarily encouraging to girls because often it can be seen as an inferior league, like it is in football with less TV coverage, sponsorship and pay. I think separate leagues are fine with different purposes, if there is maybe then an ultimate one that brings together all to compete?
Let us know your thoughts below or on social media 🏅🤓
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.
Had a great evening yesterday speaking about my career and how i digital market, honoured to have been asked by Eileen Brown as it was her BCS Digital Marketer book launch 📚
Met some lovely people and it’s always great to put yourself out there to practice speaking and support events when you can.
There are many, many things that could be the next big thing
in business. However, I would like to make an argument that maybe there
shouldn’t be another thing brought into the mix, but actually an evaluation of
current processes should be a priority.
I think it is hard to understand sometimes when you work in
IT, that other areas of the business are in general less innovative. But,
within IT itself we can start playing with gadgets and talk about buzzword
ideas before looking at our own processes.
One of my biggest pet hates are manual reports.
Why is somebody still spending 3 hours a week manually
gathering data to put into a PowerPoint slide to be emailed out?
There are tools (free and priced) that you do not need to be
a data analyst to use. You just put the database source name and password into
the tool, you can also have several databases going into one tool, and then it
will extract the data automatically when you want it to and you just have to
create a dashboard once and that is it.
You can export the diagrams as PDFs or Jpegs. You can also
create PowerPoint presentations within the tool. And because these tools are
web applications, you can give permissions to others for them to view the
dashboards whenever they please, which means no more emails which are most
likely to get ignored. No issues when the person who runs the manual report is
off sick or on holiday. Even better is because they are web applications, you
can have them to be viewed within your team’s business practices such as, as
web parts on SharePoint or Teams.
My preferred tools are Qlik Sense and Power BI.
Top Tip: review your current practices before adding the
next thing in business to your workload.
It was great to give back to the community today by representing Whitbread at Tring’s School Career Fair!
It is good to share your career path for others to learn from, both the mistakes and successes. It is also great to know that grades aren’t everything, extra curricular and passion goes a long way!
I shall be speaking at the Wominspiration – Digital Marketing BCS Event on 24th January @ 6-8pm in London.
It will be a great change to learn about digital marketing and network with peers, welcome to anybody!
If you know this is definitely something you want to attend, then you can book your FREE ticket here.
Check out the #BoxingDaySale at the IT Girl Shop:
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