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Bridging The Confidence Gap

The Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, feels passionate that it is not only about the need to encourage more girls into IT/STEM, but to help boost their confidence that their skill sets do match the skills needed for STEM. I think this is very important.

It is as much about smashing the STEM stereotype, as it is the glass ceiling.

There are many organisations like CodeFirst: Girls and Stemettes aiming to do this, but what can you?

Take a look 🙂

https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/opinion/3031171/to-see-more-girls-in-stem-we-must-boost-their-confidence-not-interest

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An Opinion On Why There Still Isn’t Equality In STEM

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 🙂

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/progress-women-stem-starting-unravel

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What Does May Bring For Me?

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!

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What’s The Point Of Wearable Technology?

Originating as pedometers, wearable technologies have advanced to the point where the Apple Watch Series 3 can remove the need for a mobile phone!

My Apple Watch enables me to track my daily exercise and since I’ve had it, I’ve definitely noticed how I can do more each day, even little improvements like making sure I move around a minimum of 12 hours a day and exercise enough to meet the goals that I’ve set on it. It reminds me to keep pushing myself during my daily routine.

Even better is the example of how a FitBit has helped my Nan to improve her health in the last 6 months by being able to track steps, sleep and for her to be able to track that on her phone. If she has not done 5,000 steps in a day, she takes the dog out for an extra walk and it’s great to witness how technology has aided her to do this.

There are many HCI research papers studying how wearable technologies can improve the lives by being a motivation to do more.

Wearable tech is also used in other ways… When my boyfriend ran the Berlin Marathon in September 2017, we were able to track his location on the route through a clip on his shoe laces, through an app that we could download. This made the whole day even better because we were able to know where he would be so we could go there and see him and his brother, and track their times.

The reason I love technology is because of the endless opportunities it presents and how it can help people, the better tech gets the more people it can make an impact to in little to big ways.

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Made In Brunel

img_0208Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to present my dissertation to industry experts at Brunel University’s Made In Brunel: Software Innovation event! It was a really great evening and I met some very impressive people. I really enjoyed being able to talk through my dissertation project and gain feedback on the concept that I have been working on with GSK.

Four years ago I met one of my great friends on my course at a Made In Brunel event, which we were invited to as prospective students, since then it has always been a goal to present too, so I’m really happy that I was able to come full circle and end my university career where it had started.

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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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#eSociety

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.

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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.

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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?