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Our Anniversary – make it your event

It’s just eight weeks now until our 20th Anniversary celebrations on October 2nd. This will be a fantastic opportunity for women in STEM to network with others, find out how things have changed for women in the last 20 years, and have their say about the challenges that remain.

If you haven’t yet booked your place, please do so soon, as places are limited. Please register here by 18th September. The event is open to both non-members and members of CAMAWiSE. No matter what stage you have reached in your career, what your background is, or which area of STEM you work in, you will be very welcome, and will be able to take home something valuable from the meeting. We will certainly encourage and listen to your input, too.

There are many CAMAWiSE members who we never see at our events. If this sounds like you, why not take this opportunity to come along and meet us? If our events don’t appeal to you, then we’d like to know what kind of events we can organise which will entice you along – this is your chance to let us know.

As part of our anniversary celebrations, we are running a survey to find out about the issues currently affecting women working in STEM. 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

Book Review: “Spinning Plates”, by Penny Clayton and Wendy Reus

This book is a very personal take on balancing work, parenting and the home – for mothers and fathers.  I know Wendy from when I was being made redundant in 2009, and knew she and Penny had been working on this in their spare time for a few years, so I bought it with some interest.

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We have to start somewhere…

On Tuesday the 2nd October I, and 40 other women, arrived at Lucy Cavendish for the first in a series of five WiSE UP career focused workshops. The idea is that through the course of the series, by coming to know ourselves a little better, recognising our skill set, learning to put our best foot forward and knowing how to get the best out of others we can all take stock and consider our options…….

For some this may be looking for a new job and for others it may involve switching careers altogether, taking the first step back into work after a break or indeed making the most of our current position. The world is our oyster apparently!

The evening began with caffeine and cake (is there any other way to start?!) and an engaging networking challenge which involved finding our place along the spectrum of careers in the group from ‘just starting out’ to ‘hey I might just have cracked this career malarkey’ (my personal viewpoint).  The noise levels soon revealed that the group were keen to share experiences (!) and learn a few tips from others along the way.

The workshop itself was based around the concept of Career Anchors, a self assessment tool by Edgar Schein. Through a mix of interviews with a buddy and a personal questionnaire, the purpose was to identify how our motives, competencies and values relate to our career choices.

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