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Hello Again

It has been quite a while since I last posted, that is because there has been a lot of uncertainty at both work and home. At work, we’ve been going through a period of restructure, as a graduate and 7 months into my career, it has been eye opening to say the least. Not only witnessing the ways of a FTSE 100 company, but also how the employees handle such a situation, whether that’s taking it in their stride, fighting to stay, or resigning.

Unfortunately, through this restructure we’ve had to say goodbye to our graduate coordinator, which threw up a lot of questions around the future of the graduate scheme. I am fortunate with the support that I have around me, and once the dust settles further I’m looking forward to the opportunities that will be around.

At home, my boyfriend has been on a break from flying school from the end of February, because he had finished the first 6 months and awaiting where and when the next stages of training would be. I can finally say that from next week he will be in Bournemouth until October, which means a lot of long weekends by the English seaside this year!

All of this combined, whilst trying to see family and friends and starting my new rotation at work has just meant I needed to step back slightly from IT Girl. But I’m back, so Hello Again.

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Happy Women’s Day 2019

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!

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EveryWoman Finalist

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.

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2018 Reflection

2018 has been an incredible year for me personally, winning the WCIT Student Award and becoming a Journeyman, graduating with a First Class Honours BSc after 4 years of hard work, and moving back home to start my graduate job as a Solution Architect Graduate at Whitbread. I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Corfu, Rome and Edinburgh this year. For all of this and more I am incredibly grateful, as well as, for the support from my friends and family throughout it all.

In terms of this blog, it has been going for just over 1 year and it has grown exponentially in terms of views and social media followers… so in true techy form, here is some data about our 2018 success:

Total Social Media followers (inc. Twitter, Instagram & FaceBook): 2,472

Total Blog Views: 4,032

Total Blog Visitors: 1,922

Total Blog Post Likes: 198

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In 2018, blog views have been from all corners of the Earth, including:

UK, US, India, Austrailia, Canada, Malaysia, Netherlands, Romania, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Kenya, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Nigeria, Hong Kong SAR China, Philippines, Ukraine, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, China, New Zealand, Austria, Indonesia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Nepal, Greece, Poland, Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Guyana, Thailand, Russia, Croatia, Oman, Iceland, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Turkey, Denmark, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Switzerland… AMAZING!

The #DOIT Campaign brought the most amount of views, will be looking to do this more and I really love hearing other #WomenInTech and #WomenInSTEM stories, so if you would like to contribute, please comment below or contact me via here or social media – would love to hear from you!

Thank you & Happy New Year!

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6 years ago…

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!

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Mimo App

I was thinking about how I could expand my coding knowledge in my spare time, without having to sit at a computer to learn.

So I took a look at the “learn to code” apps on the Apple App Store, and after trying out a few I found that the reviews and the ease of use is in the Mimo App.

So give it a go – it may be for you 🤓 📱

TechCrunch did a great article on their opinion of it: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/19/mimos-new-app-teaches-you-how-to-code-on-your-iphone/?guccounter=1

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#DoIT

So what’s this all about? What is #DoIT?

#DoIT is a campaign aiming to encourage and inspire to go into IT/STEM and to create a network through a platform for women to meet likeminded women to gain confidence that they can #DoIT!

Throughout the week Monday 30th July – Friday 2nd August, we will be uploading blog posts related to a different theme each day!

So keep your eyes on us 👀👩🏻‍💻

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Power of Twitter

I was reading an article on Trump’s use of Twitter in his presidential campaign and the power social media also had in the recent UK elections. Many of Trump’s tweets (however controversial) get thousands, if not millions of views, likes and retweets. The old saying is any press is good press, but sometimes certain tweets can go too far, at the end of the day it needs to be remembered that the words are written in black and white and can be interpreted in different ways. A tweet can be deleted but it cannot be forgotten, especially if it has been seen and screenshot by thousands of people!

With the power of twitter and social media, do you think it is right that it can be used for political manipulation?

Take a look at the article and let me know your thoughts 🙂

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/26/politics/twitter-trump-analysis/index.html