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

BBC News Feature: My Journey into Tech

As a long-term BBC News reader, it was a surreal moment to start my everyday routine and find myself in featured in their latest Features & Analysis article! Isabel Scavetta, aged 23 from Maidenhead, in Berkshire, has seen her expectations about jobs turned upside down. But not necessarily for the worst. “In some ways I’m strangely grateful for having to re-evaluate,” she says, describing a … Continue reading BBC News Feature: My Journey into Tech

10 Tips from Teaching my First Python Class

Today, I returned to Code First Girls’ Python course, which I passed as a student back in the sunny days of August. Plot twist: this time, I’m doing the teaching. Yes, as part of my CFG Fellowship programme, I’ve been paired up with two other brilliant Fellows to teach ~30 women to code. Exciting? Yes. Terrifying? Absolutely. Here are 10 of my lessons as the … Continue reading 10 Tips from Teaching my First Python Class

8 Ways to Digitally Upskill for Free!

Happy new year! As a humanities graduate, people often ask me where I learned (and am learning!) my technical knowledge. Today’s post is a cheat sheet of some of my free favourites. Google Digital Garage (digital marketing, career development, data and tech) Microsoft Learn (free training on various technical themes and Microsoft software) Microsoft AI Business School FutureLearn (UCL students have free access to FutureLearn … Continue reading 8 Ways to Digitally Upskill for Free!

UCL Student? How to Bag Free FutureLearn Campus

Are you a UCL student? Did you know you’re entitled to free FutureLearn access til the end of the year? Nope? Me neither. I only found out about this lately, and recently posted about my experience studying Innovation Management via FutureLearn. I received several messages afterwards from UCL students asking about how I did this, so thought I’d make a summary blog post! What is … Continue reading UCL Student? How to Bag Free FutureLearn Campus

How To Survive as a Non-Tech Technology Team Leader

Do you ever make impulse decisions? Me too. One of my latest adventures? Signing up as a Team Leader on 2 Hackathon coding challenges… as a UCL humanities graduate. …Why? (a question also asked by many of my friends & family) During lockdown, I decided to begin learning to code. After getting a Code First Girls Python certificate, I was selected for their Career Nav … Continue reading How To Survive as a Non-Tech Technology Team Leader

Our CFG / Vodafone Hackathon Project: NOMI

To name names, there’s a big problem with how society views them. We live in a world where: Minority ethnic women who use “whitened” names can have better chances of landing an interview Continual mispronunciation of students of colour’s names affects their ability to learn due to shame & disassociation from their culture CV cultural name bias affects job hiring decisions  Introducing our Hackathon solution: … Continue reading Our CFG / Vodafone Hackathon Project: NOMI

Why Young Women Should Post on LinkedIn: An Anti-Cringe Crash Course

Isa, how do you even start to post on LinkedIn? – too many people, to me, in weird and wonderful scenarios (including pre-Covid house parties..?) Now, whether or not this is something I’m okay with being my core personality trait (unsure), there’s a lot to be said for getting your name out there, especially as a woman just starting out on the career ladder. But, … Continue reading Why Young Women Should Post on LinkedIn: An Anti-Cringe Crash Course

My Cheat Sheet: Free Consulting Interview Prep

Welcome to a much-requested post… here’s my list of recommended consulting interview prep resources! Everyone is on their own individual journey, and that the most important preparation you can do is to set yourself up in a way that helps you to become calm and confident in your own abilities. Note: All the listed resources are free to access for students, and this is a … Continue reading My Cheat Sheet: Free Consulting Interview Prep