Yesterday we had a diversity event at the ISC Groningen. Joanne Collins-Smee (General Manager Globally Intergrated Capabilities) came to visit us. Fifteen female students came to visit us and talk about diversity and women in IT. One of the interesting points that were raised, is the perception most people have about IBM. Most participants still had the image of IBM as the stuffy/old fashioned hardware/computer company, while IBM actually made a shift away from this area and focuses more on innovation and development of innovative apps and software. Moreover, the majority of the participants also did not know that working at IBM is not just for people with a technical background. The ISC apparently has to work harder to create a accurate perception about IBM amongst the students in Groningen.
Furthermore it was discussed what can motivate women to work in IT or what attracts women to companies or job roles. After all these hard brain cracking efforts it was time to relax a little and have a drink and a snack during our informal networking get-together.
At the moment I’m working on a project for the government. I need to travel to The Hague for two days a week. I really don’t mind, cause a lot of my colleagues are also working on a project in The Hague. After work we enjoy dinner together. Currently, I have three different job roles, which ensures that it never gets boring. As mentioned above, the ISC loves diversity, whether it is focused on nationalities, cultural diversity or the wonderful mix of women and men. Nevertheless, no matter how diverse our office is, sometimes you need a well deserved break. Next to the three job roles I try to juggle with, I still love to create the Insider magazine. As Robert already mentioned in the previous blog entry, you can read his travel journey in the newest issue. Of course we want to share this awesome trip with all of you. By following the link below, you can take a look at his city trip website.
And…. By following the next link you can read his article for our Insider magazine.
I almost forgot to mention that you can soon see the ISC on national television. We had an interview last Monday. We’re not sure when it will be broadcasted, but we´ll definitely let you know. Although it was a lot of fun, I´d rather stay a designer behind the screens.