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 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

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

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

Navigating a Man’s World: Tips for Female Grads in Male-Dominated Industries

After graduating, I completed a four month consultancy internship in the construction industry – not exactly famed for its high ratio of female employees! Transitioning from psychology lecture halls filled with 90% women to boardrooms where I was the only woman took some adjusting to. Here are some of my biggest lessons! The minority effect Research shows that we all feel less confident when we … Continue reading Navigating a Man’s World: Tips for Female Grads in Male-Dominated Industries

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!