Many people ask what is it like to work in IT… what do I even do other than tell people to turn things off and on again? Well, as much as that is a common expression, that isn’t all it takes to work in IT!
So for the month of November, I am going to post up a photo and update each day, to share with you what it is like being a #WomaninTech and a graduate !
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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
It was a great honour to be asked to speak at the Founders4Schools awards evening tonight and recognising the great effort from both educators, councils and business leaders who want to help create the best possible opportunities for kids to learn and develop for their futures.
When working in a male dominated industry (STEM) there can be some awkwardness and people deal with this differently. There is nothing to shy away from, but you must stand up for yourself at the same time, as people may judge a book by its cover… which is to be expected, because I think we all do that, even if we don’t want to or say we don’t.
I am a big believer in not changing yourself to suit your environment, obviously at work you are going to be more professional than at home with your family and friends, but you shouldn’t change your core values and personality. I think sometimes there is a tendency for women to become “laddy” to fit in with a male team, but I think that is a personal choice.
What is key to working well in a male dominated team is to want equalism.
Don’t be surprised if your male colleagues tiptoe around you at first until you’ve fitted into the team and shown that you just want to be treated like any other member of the team, regardless of gender. I personally don’t mind being in a team with all men, because it can be a nicer work environment… less bitchy etc (Women don’t really help themselves there!)
My top tip when trying to fit in with an all-male team is to just chat with them, show that you’re interested in what they’ve got to say, funnily enough try to treat them as you would your female colleagues and as you’d want to be treated.
Creating an equal playing field is down to everybody.
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!
This week I’ve been working on an analytics project with Founders4Schools two days in the office, not only have they been very welcoming and a great team to be a part of, I’m appreciative for the opportunity to do some more work for them remotely over the next couple of weeks.
Founder4Schools’ mission is to help engage students in work placements from a young age, through the use of their app, Workfinder, and providing a platform for Business Leaders to attend school events through their website, this is having a great impact on all types of students.
I was fortunate enough to meet Sherry Coutu at a WCIT Business Luncheon, she started this charity and it has been a great experience to be a part of, even for this little bit of time.
I was happy to see that my new graduate job, Whitbread, offers work experience through Workfinder!
How are you feeling ready for this week ahead?
My morning routine usually consists of a cup of tea and a scroll through social media, like a true millennial, before cracking down on the To Do lists I set myself containing both personal and professional tasks. What’s your routine and do you feel it’s working?
Be the best version of yourself this week 💪🏻
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?