Confessions of a Placement Student: June
In June we’ve had another new starter in Support. Chris joined our P4W Accounts Support team earlier this month. He has taken very quickly to the role, already working on your accounting queries after only a matter of days with us!
This month I had the exciting job of moving into my first non-student home (which isn’t my parent’s house). It’s fair to say that unpacking is a lot more fun than packing! The move also included my first time driving a van. Having only ever driven my little Ford Fiesta, this was something I felt rather nervous about. I’m pleased to say that everybody on the south coast survived the experience though.
The final of our three Tikit P4W Regional User Group events took place this month. RUG 2018 was our busiest set of events yet, with a record number of new members in attendance. In fact, membership of our P4W User Group has grown by more than 300% in the past 3 years. Our National User Group Conference event this year is on the 15th & 16th November and we’re already taking reservations. Details to follow nearer the time but if you would like to reserve a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feature of the month: Women in Technology
Last week Becky and Hayley travelled to Manchester to attend a workshop held by the Service Desk Institute (SDI). The day long workshop was held to talk about all things gender equality and diversity. They looked into how far have we already come and how much further we still need to go to achieve equality in ITSM (IT Service Management).
The day included talks from four inspirational women who work within ITSM: Sally Bogg, Scarlett Bayes, Lara Hellman, & Anna Leyland. Their talks included statistics about the number of women in technical roles and how to encourage more females to pursue a career in technology. Look out for Becky’s article on this in the coming weeks.
The workshop was held at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry where they have the world’s first stored-program computer which turned 70 years old last week. First built in 1948, the Small Scale Experimental Machine was nicknamed “Baby”. Originally it was built with army surplus supplies including Spitfire radio set switches, once it had been proven to work it was disassembled. You can find out more about Baby here.
Tikit is already leading the way in gender equality within technology, promoting technical roles at university level to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and other technological degrees. In fact, since Tikit first began its placement program with the University of Portsmouth 43% of placement students working in Support have been female. An impressive figure when compared with less than 20% of technical roles being held by women in software companies nationally.