2021 Wrap Up: My Year in Volunteering

As we start cracking out the Mariah Carey in the office, it’s a good time to think about all the weird and wonderful things that happened in 2021. This really has been a year like no other! In the spirit of reflection, I thought I’d wrap up some of my favourite experiences and learnings from getting involved with the tech community from the past 12 … Continue reading 2021 Wrap Up: My Year in Volunteering

3 Things You Won’t Hear Me Say

Over the past couple of years, there are a lot of phrases I’ve started to actively stop using at work. Why? As an ex-languages student, I believe that the language that we use builds the world around us; the way in which we speak defines the speaker. Here are a couple of phrases that I’ve stopped using in professional contexts, why, and what I use … Continue reading 3 Things You Won’t Hear Me Say

My first-ever panel! Welcome to CodeFest 2021

CodeFest is a huge, annual conference hosted by Code First Girls, which provides women with tech talks, career booster sessions and networking. I won an award at CodeFest 2020 last year, but this year, we were back in person! I was invited to speak at Day 2 about my experience interning at Rolls-Royce’s AI Innovation Hub (R2 Data Labs), and how women can kickstart their … Continue reading My first-ever panel! Welcome to CodeFest 2021

My CFG SQL Project: LinkedIn Side Hustle

Let me tell you, studying an 8-week coding course alongside full-time work hasn’t been easy! I do a lot of volunteering with Code First Girls, but this time, I was back to being a student. Over the past few months, I’ve been learning all about the world of SQL. SQL is a programming language used for relational database management. I was interested in learning the … Continue reading My CFG SQL Project: LinkedIn Side Hustle

Politics to AI: My Pivot Into Tech

It’s coming up to a year since I graduated from UCL in the manic haze of Lockdown 1. So, it feels poignant to have just been interviewed by my previous university about my journey into tech since graduating! You can read the full interview below: UCL Careers: Interview with an Alum – Isabel Scavetta and the ‘Career Pivot’ 1. Since graduating from UCL, you’ve spoken … Continue reading Politics to AI: My Pivot Into Tech

Why I’m Ignoring Negative Feedback

Honestly, I’ve been feeling anxious lately. Impostor syndrome is such a buzzword in this space that I’m not even going to use it! The “post-university void”, as lovingly coined by my friends, is a bizarre place. Even more so when you graduated in a global pandemic. Rather than being worried I don’t belong, it’s more of a challenge in having faith that I’m carving out … Continue reading Why I’m Ignoring Negative Feedback

Dear Sir/Madam: Please Reject This Application

Earlier this week, I had an interview for a volunteer role at an internationally-recognised social action group. I had some big ideas about how we could democratise tech education here in London, and work with others to achieve that. It was a close call, but ultimately, they went with another candidate. Ouch. However, what was most surprising to me were the reactions from my close … Continue reading Dear Sir/Madam: Please Reject This Application

Why Being Non-Tech in Tech is a Storytelling Superpower

When I first started out looking at careers in technology, I used to want to hide my humanities background. I would make vague allusions to my previous studies, or skip the question entirely…. Everything changed for me when I started owning my achievements to date, and advocating for the skills that I bring to a team! I believe that storytelling is one of the most … Continue reading Why Being Non-Tech in Tech is a Storytelling Superpower

8 Obstacles I Overcame as a Python Instructor

8 weeks ago, I knew that there were some challenging times ahead. I’d received the great news that I’d been chosen to receive a Fellowship from social enterprise Code First Girls. This is an opportunity usually offered to women from a STEM degree background, so I was both excited and nervous about what was in store! Part of this competitive leadership accelerator was teaching an … Continue reading 8 Obstacles I Overcame as a Python Instructor

First Day…. Not in the Office? 3 Ways to Build Virtual Collaboration

A year ago, I never expected I’d be working in an AI Innovation department. But, I think that past me would’ve been even more surprised to find out that I’d be starting from my dining room table! A month in, I’m getting used to balancing working from home during the pandemic. Here’s 3 of my top tips for communication and teamwork that I’ve learned from … Continue reading First Day…. Not in the Office? 3 Ways to Build Virtual Collaboration