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

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

10 Tips to Break into Consulting at Uni

With its fast-paced learning environment and its consultants cracking some of industry’s biggest challenges, it’s clear why consulting is a popular career destination amongst university students. However, it’s also notoriously hard to get into and competition is fierce. This week, an incoming first-year on my UCL undergraduate degree reached out to me via LinkedIn to ask: Can you give me some tips to get into … Continue reading 10 Tips to Break into Consulting at Uni

Our CFG Project: Analysing Statutory Homelessness in the UK

After a great response to my article about my first coding lesson, I thought I’d do a follow-up article to show you what kinds of things you could learn to do with Python, or achieve by the end of a course with Code First: Girls. Designing our project I partnered up with my classmate Michelle to develop what we’d learned about .cvs files (comma separated … Continue reading Our CFG Project: Analysing Statutory Homelessness in the UK

Girl Meets ‘hello world’: My First ‘Code First: Girls’ Review

(fun fact: getting your code to say ‘hello world’ is one of the oldest traditions in software) I’m currently on Week 5 of an Introduction to Python Programming course ran by not-for-profit organisation Code First: Girls (CFG). Over the past few years, I’ve had a particular interest in the technology sector, and decided it was time to bite the bullet and start investigating how I … Continue reading Girl Meets ‘hello world’: My First ‘Code First: Girls’ Review

HBN CV Clinic: Find out the 5 Top Tips!

Thank you for the great response to last week’s CV Clinic! I received over 20 CVs, the majority of which were from female undergrads outside my network, and was delighted with the response from participants. Participant Feedback: The process was very simple and I am so thankful that you got back to me so quickly! It was definitely very useful – I will be revising … Continue reading HBN CV Clinic: Find out the 5 Top Tips!

5 Mistakes I Made on My Internship

As the summer draws to a close, thousands of students across the country are rolling off summer internships. Inevitably, that means nearly every third Linkedin post is a success story about the awesome things that undergrads have achieved this summer! Social media is very much a highlights reel, and for young women to succeed in male-dominated industries, we need to normalise the day-to-day learning experience … Continue reading 5 Mistakes I Made on My Internship

5 Simple Tricks to Build Rapport

If you’re based in the UK, you’re probably aware of the phenomenon that is Love Island (if not: in a matter of weeks on national TV, attractive young people go from complete strangers to proclamations of undying love). Twitter and memes aside, this got me thinking about how our social relationships are built in such a short space of time. How humans associate with each … Continue reading 5 Simple Tricks to Build Rapport

How to Fake It Til You Make It

It seems to be the time of year that a never-ending source of confidence would be really useful. The responses to applications are rolling in, grad schemes are every 2 meters, university society AGMs are electing their future committees… whatever stage you’re at, everyone is facing their own challenges! Rightly or wrongly, to be successful in most of these scenarios, you need to project a sense of confidence, … Continue reading How to Fake It Til You Make It

Don’t Know What Career to Choose? Try This Unusual Advice

“Could you just help me out with, you know, what to do with my life?” As a penultimate year university student, this was a genuine question my friend asked me over lunch last week. In fact, with most of my social circle nearing graduation, the theme of how to even begin choosing a career came up numerous times throughout the Christmas break. For one, I get … Continue reading Don’t Know What Career to Choose? Try This Unusual Advice