These are the words which I most dread hearing, at any gathering, be it social or business. Why? Because I’m convinced before I utter a single word in response that I’m boring the pants off the person who asked the question. Because I can anticipate their eyes glazing over before I start. And, crucially, because I’m no longer passionate about what I do for a living. As we discovered at our Winter Networking event, being passionate about what you do, and being able to describe why you love it, is key to ensuring the other person remembers what you’ve told them.
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Dream, Dare and Do! What an inspiring title for our annual joint meeting with Cambridge Businesswomen’s Network (CBN). The event is always a great opportunity for us to meet other women from our sister network, but also to mingle with teachers and sixth-formers from St Mary’s School, which so kindly hosted the meeting and provided us with an excellent buffet.
The title was provided by Kate Atkin, our speaker and facilitator for the evening. Kate encouraged us to commit some dreams to paper, then discuss them in our groups, particularly thinking about whether they are “doing” dreams or “being” dreams. There is an important relationship between these two concepts; thinking about your goals, you could ask yourself, “What would I have to DO to BE xxx….”, and equally, “What would I have to BE to DO xxx…”
On November 14th, a good crowd of AWiSE and Lucy Cavendish members were entertained by Sue Black talking about her life and many achievements. She is a wonderful example of how you can bring about change, not just in your own life, but for the benefit of others too.
Finding herself a single mum with three under-fives living in Tower Hamlets, she decided that she needed to get a qualification to provide an income for her family. She started by doing a Maths access course where she was one of only two women, who came joint top of the class. She followed this with a computing degree at the University of the South Bank – chosen as the nearest place to home so she could juggle childcare. When she was asked to continue to PhD level, she admits she did not know what a PhD was. She then followed an academic career in computing, becoming Head of Information and Software Systems at the University of Westminster.
Sue’s first step into making a difference was to set up BCSWomen, which she did to provide a forum for women in IT, who were often the only women in their department or at a conference, to interact and support each other. On a visit to Bletchley Park, Sue was surprised to learn that over half of the war-time staff had been women. So she started an oral history project to tell their story. Read more
Relaunch your Career: planned happenstance, personal brand and values, inspiring stories and so much more…
This sell-out event was attended by wise women from Nottingham, London, Dublin and just down the road – all keen to relaunch their careers. Many intend to return to work after a career break, others want to change career direction, most planned to do both. After a long wait, our time had finally arrived.
First up Katie Perry who isn’t a pop star but has had a much more interesting career path. By embracing planned happenstance, she’s gradually transformed from physics PhD student to CEO for the Daphne Jackson Trust which assists professionals returning to all sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. In her current role, she’s streamlined the fellowship application process so it’s not as long and the number of fellowships have increased – does this have anything to do with Katie doing karate?
Next up Tennie Videler. Always entertaining but I didn’t think I’d learn anything as I knew my values, or so I thought. After a few questions on what we’d enjoyed most and least in our lives, Tennie described 7 key values (not including lifestyle “which isn’t a value – you just have to make your life fit”). Small changes in emphasis compared to the careers workbook I’d previously completed but wow, what a difference! My main career driver became crystal clear!
‘If there’s one thing you take away from today, it’s to create a LinkedIn profile’. Read more
Whether you are thinking of returning to work after a career break, or would like to branch out in a new direction, either can be a daunting prospect.
Our event on Friday October 11th aims to give you the tools and know-how to take the next step. A full day of high-intensity training for women with a background in Science, Technology, IT, Engineering, Maths and Medicine, it will enable you to identify your skills, gain confidence and be inspired to take the leap.
Come and hear Katie Perry, CEO of the Daphne Jackson Trust, speak on the subject of returning to work and changing career path. There will be workshops on career anchors, using your networks, finding jobs, and honing your CV. We’ll also have a panel discussion featuring successful returners and transitioners, to show you what can be achieved.