Happy International Men’s Day

International Men's Day

International Men’s Day 19th of November

You may wonder why we want to support IMD, but it’s something we have been talking about a lot in the group. When we originally set up Women’s Tech Hub there was a feeling that it would be seen as a women’s group and exclusionary with regard to gender. It’s thankfully been far from true.

.. and we would like to say thanks

Since the beginning, we have had such overwhelming support from men that we are quite frankly in awe of all the male allies we have met along the way. We joined forces with Codehub to jointly run workshops a while back and regularly get a 50/50 mix of genders (well more of a 40/40/10/3/2/1/3/1 type mix with all the gender identities which we love and we welcome all genders to join us on our meetup.)

Our aim is to support a fair and inclusive gender mix in the industry as that’s what we see in society as a whole and believe that should be reflected in the industry within the people solving problems using tech.

One of the best pieces of feedback we had from a workshop was where a Codehub member came back a week after their first workshop attendance and said that he was “surprised after coming to the previous one to go back to work the next day and realise they had no women in their company“. Job done!

This is the way forward for us – we are not looking to have the industry as female-only – we want a collaborative society and industry – and on that note, we want to mention a few of the great men that have been supporting us.

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International Week of Science and Peace

Woman holding the earth

with a really catchy tag #InternationalWeekofScienceandPeace

Given that we’ve just had Cop26 it a great time to look at what this week has to offer:

The International Week of Science and Peace was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace. The organization of events and activities for the week was undertaken as a non-governmental initiative; the secretariat for the International Year of Peace was informed of the preparatory activities and the final summary of events that occurred during the week. The organizers sought to encourage the broadest possible international participation in the observance.

United Nations Site
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Bootcamps and a sad farewell

Coding Bootcamp

University of Gloucestershire Institute of coding BootCamps

Skills Bootcamps are flexible, 16-week courses that offer opportunities to learn and develop skills in tech, which fast-track you to an interview with an employer. Delivery will be over eight weekends from 26th November 2021 to 31st March 2022. All teaching will be delivered online to ensure maximum engagement from students.

The most interesting piece, other than the subjects is that they are being delivered remotely, are free (based on acceptance criteria) and are being delivered on:

  • Friday, 6pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, 9pm – 5pm

Subjects are Data Science, Cyber Analysis and Software engineering!

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Coding Fun & interview practice

Interview prep

Shamelessly stolen from a linkedin Post

With all the interviews and training going on currently we spotted a great set of links from someone on LinkedIn that we thought was worth sharing.

InterviewCake

First was something called Interview Cake which claims “I will teach you to be good at programming interviews”. It also gives some great other pieces of advice on interviewing, imposter syndromes and prepping for an interview. There’s a fully charged version (money back if you don’t get the job!) but also a free 7 day one for coding questions.

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Career support and intersectionality

Career compass

Girl geek scotland career support

Girl geek scotland are running some career events and they are virtual so well worth dropping into we think. First one this Wednesday.

From online courses and training, to graduate apprenticeships and MSc’s, we’ll hear how each made the decision to change and the reasons for choosing their very different routes to get there. We’re looking forward to hearing them share the goods, and the bads, about their journey, and hope it will inspire you too.

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