I know it’s going to sound like a major first world problem…
I find it very difficult to know what to wear for work, “smart casual” is hard especially when I’ve had several people saying I dress much older than my age, but then as a 23 year old what is the appropriate workwear for me which doesn’t also make me stand out as one of the youngest in the office?
I think my workwear style can change quite a bit within a week, also depending on how I’m feeling as with anyone, sometimes I just want to be comfy in a jumper, black jeans and flats. Other times I want to be a bit smarter or maybe I’m meeting a third party and therefore I want to be in heels and a dress.
It’s quite hard to know where to fit in, keep up with latest fashions but also be appropriate for work.
I just wish I had Holly Willowby’s stylist each day 😂
So currently, I’m trying to look online for some inspiration on the types of things I should wear for my age in an office… any suggestions?
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I quite often hear how communication is worse now as everybody is on their phones, not talking in person. I can take this as a point, but I don’t think it is necessarily worse, just different. Personally, I can talk to so many people who it would be hard to keep in contact with, yet it feels like I’m not missing anything because of instant messaging, social media and FaceTime.
I can agree that there are times where we should put devices down and speak face to face, yet there are also times where it is so useful to be able to be speaking to multiple people at once, it allows for collaboration and relationships that would be hard to be formed and maintained otherwise.
I think it is also key to remember that we haven’t always spoken the same language, our communication skills have developed, adding a device into the mix only highlights our ability to adapt and evolve. Being able to have a conversation in emojis mirrors the cave man drawing stories of animals.
I think communication is no worse, but better off given the tools that we now created!
What do you think? Comment below!
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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).
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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!