Picture if you will, a day segmented neatly into a productive and effective eight hour work day, followed by leaving on time for your one-to-two hour fulfilling hobby, or perhaps you’ll meet friends or family after work giving them your undivided attention, maybe you’ll be picking up the children from school and run them along to their fun and enhancing after-school activities. The day then smoothly eases into the evening of leisurely unwinding and prepping up for the next day, and your head gently hits your pillow at the end of the evening for an eight hour deep sleep, to start refreshed the next morning.
In a 24 hour switched-on planet, technology driven in our waking and non-waking hours, we will endeavour to get a lot more done with a lot less, striving for professional and personal efficiency. We live in a world where people around the world are connected online resulting in information overload and competing priorities. Boxing off time is a luxury a few of us might be able to afford. Research has shown that the 9 to 5 is fast disappearing, (YouGov, 2018), almost half of people either work flexibly, job share or work compressed hours, to allow them to juggle other commitments (The Conversation).
Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering (CamAWISE) and Equality and Diversity Section at the University of Cambridge organised a panel discussion entitled “Carving our journeys: BME women in STEMM” in April 2019. The panel comprised of four University of Cambridge female researchers with different heritages and at varying stages of their academic careers: Dr Sohini Kar-Narayan, Heba Hamad, Carol Nkechi Ibe and Professor Kay-Tee Khaw.
Following introduction of the Panel Chair, Caroline Shaheera Asante, a British born broadcast journalist of Guyanese and Ghanian descent, and founder of Cambridge Eco Living Festival and Raheela Rehman (Chair, CamAWiSE), each of the panellists gave a short presentation about their foray into science and journey to Cambridge.
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- Date: 28th January 2019
- Location: Lucy Cavendish College
CamAWiSE is pleased to announce it’s mentoring programme for a six-month pilot. The scheme aims to connect professionals (from both academia and industry) in the local community in Cambridge and beyond!
The launch and orientation event will take place on Tuesday, 28th January 2019. We are seeking Mentors and Mentees. Applications must be submitted by 10 January 2020.
Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment approach. It supports professional development, providing avenues to learn about different career paths or gain new knowledge and skills.
Submit your application now!
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- Date: 25th November 2019
- Location: Lucy Cavendish College
Have you ever wondered how people achieve more with less, with ease and what appears to be little effort? Whether you’re running a one wo(man) project, part of a team or CEO of a multinational – you can lead from anywhere within an organisation or in your personal life. This workshop will show you how you can achieve exactly that! Julie Hogbin will take you through the steps to create change and adopt tools which will show you how to bring leadership skills to the table.
Leadership is an attitude, not a title.
by Aldara B. Dios
At the International Women’s Day, we were fortunate enough to have Natacha Wilson as the host of the workshop “10 tips on how to run successful projects”.
We started the evening sharing our story with a friendly face: What do you do? and What kind of project have you managed? The list was broad and diverse, which included annual reports, file Athena Swan applications, clinical trials, family holidays and house expansions.
And before starting with her tips, Natacha asked us again, what makes a project successful for us? That was a pivotal question as we needed to know what to achieve before starting. Some of the answers were recurring, but some of them not. The meaning of success it was found, is different in each case and depends on the environment of the project.
Once success was defined, we explored how we would do we achieve:
- Gain consensus on the goals. One way is setting SMART goals, that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic and Time-based. On every project, if you know your specific and measurable goals it is easier to know when it’s a success.
- Build and BE the best team you can. Although nowadays the lens is a lot on processes and performance, without the right people the project doesn’t happen. It was related to “No one person can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra”.
- Design, update and share a project plan. Many project managers make the mistake of not sharing the project plan with the team. Again, the team is essential!
- Determine what you need in advance. Plan, schedule, and Identify the tasks, sequence them, estimate time and budget, add key milestones and with that create a draft schedule.
- Be realistic with your schedule. People don’t work 24/7. Be MOSCOW to prioritise. Define the Must do and Should do goals and prioritise those from the Could do and Would do. On most of the projects the Must do and Should do are the least interesting but, should be prioritised and the team should understand this.
- People matter. Take care of your team and understand it. Not only do you need the people with the right skills, you also need people who work well together and have the experience needed.
- Teammates should know the needs of the others and yours. For that, you have to communicate with them.
- Create and innovate. Solve the problems trying new ways to do things.
- Praise and empower your team. And remember that if you have to criticize someone it has to be balanced, objective, observed, specific and timed. And never focus on the person but on the problem.
- Have fun!
To end the evening Natacha asked us to reflect on and explore at least three of the questions we talked about during the workshop.
Thank you, Natacha, for such a fun and productive evening.