March 2021♀️

What a week it has been for women in the world. Many stories have topped the headlines and gone viral. It is disappointing that in 2021 there is still progress to be made regarding women’s rights and gender equality.


March 8th; International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day was Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,”. According to the United Nations, women who are also at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19, as front-line, health sector workers, scientists, doctors, caregivers, get paid 11% less globally than their male counterparts. The UN Secretary-General’s recent report reveals that women are underrepresented in public life and decision-making. Less than 25% of national parliamentarians are women and women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries.


March 8th; An interview that Oprah Winfrey had with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was broadcasted to the world, and no topics were off limits. Meghan courageously admitted that she had felt suicidal after joining the Royal Family and that she received little support from the Royal Family regarding her mental health. In the interview, Meghan told Oprah that Harry had been asked by a member of the Royal Family “how dark” their son Archie’s skin might be. She also expressed her concerns and her frustration over Archie’s lack of security and title. In one of the few lighthearted moments of the interview, the couple shared that they were expecting a baby girl this summer.


March 9th; Sarah Everard, a 33 year-old lady from London went missing while walking home from a friend’s house. Human remains were found in a wooded area in Kent and an officer was arrested on suspicion of murder. A Labour Party member of Parliament stood in the House of Commons and read out the names of the women killed in the U.K. in the last year in cases where a man has been convicted or charged as the primary suspect — a list that consumed four minutes. Many women took to social media. Many women can relate to fearing for their safety in the everyday world. ‘Walk in well-lit areas, don’t wear headphones, don’t walk alone, don’t wear a dress, don’t make eye contact, hold your keys, don’t be out late, text me later, fake a phone call’…. More than 90% of women and girls in the U.K. have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces, according to data released by UN Women United Kingdom on Wednesday This figure does not surprise me. Violence against women is highly prevalent, and intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence. Violence against women has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 14th; In Australia, tens of thousands of people turned up to marches across Australia protesting against the high numbers of sexual abuse and harassment cases of women in the country. The marches were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, centred around Australia’s parliament.


March 14th; Mothers Day🥰💐


March 2021-Whitney Wolfe Herd becomes known as the youngest self-made woman in history to become a billionaire. Whitney Wolfe Herd joined the development team for the dating app Tinder when she was 22 and was the vice president for marketing. She was behind the name of the app and flame logo. Whitney resigned in 2014 due to growing tensions between executives and filed a lawsuit against Tinder for sexual harrassment. Whitney suffered from severe panic attacks following threats and decided to move on. She created one of the largest dating apps in the world, Bumble, and became one of the top female CEOs in tech. Bumble is an app that was designed so only women can send the first message when users match on the platform. Bumble is now valued at $14 billion.


Meghan Markle, 2021
Sarah Everard, March 2021
London, March 2021
Australian Protests, March 2021
Mothers Day, March 2021
Links

https://www.who.int/

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

https://www.unwomen.org/en

https://www.womensaid.ie/

https://toointoyou.ie/

https://www.instagram.com/cutecatcalls/

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/i-have-far-too-many-stories-30-irish-women-on-harassment-and-assault-1.4511881


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Interview prep

Interviews can be nerve-wrecking. It is always a good idea to do an interview if you are offered one, even if you aren’t that excited about the possibility of working there or had other plans. I would say practice makes perfect, but there is no such thing as a perfect interview. The more practice you get however, the more confident you will become. It is not usual to be sat in an office with a stranger asking you questions about yourself, your education history and where you see yourself in five years time. Getting comfortable in this situation will develop your confidence and help you to develop skills. Some companies and organisations provide feedback after an interview. Some places do not follow-up after an interview. Don’t be disappointed if you do not get offered a job after an interview. It probably means there was something better for you in store. Starting off in your career field can be difficult, and it is good to get experience as early as possible. Even if you volunteer for a couple of days, this can look good on your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and show that you have a strong initiative. Many people look you up on social media before an interview or during the decision-making process, so that is good to keep in mind.

There are lots of possible questions an interviewer might ask you.

1. Tell me about yourself. No, they do not want to know what your favourite restaurant is or who your favourite spotify artist is. This question gives you a chance to talk about your education history and where you have worked in the past. You may want to discuss some hobbies and interests if it relates to the job you are going for. Tell the interviewer your goals and ambitions, what you would like to achieve in the future and what you liked about your course or previous work experience.

2. What do you know about this company and why would you like to work here?
This is definitely something you should prepare for in advance. It doesn’t take too much preparation and shows you are interested in the company and are aware of the services they provide or products they produce. Saying you would like to work there because of the salary is a big turnoff. Show some interest in what they actually do. Research their competitors in advance too so you will notice what makes this company stands out.

3. Where do you see yourself in five years time? This isn’t asking you necessarily what company you will be working for. What country do you see yourself living in? What position at work? Do you see yourself being happy at work?

4. What is important to you in a career? Relationships with colleagues? Location? Work benefits? Salary? Potential to be promoted? Working hours? Facilities? Workload? The interviewer may not necessarily ask this but it is something you could be prepared for or mention.

5. What skills could you bring to this position that nobody else could? If any of your previous work placements stand out from the crowd, mention this. To prepare in advance, you could write a list of all the places you have worked for before and write down what skills are gained at each. (communication skills, teamwork skills, leadership skills, IT skills, reliability, time management skills..). Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. The interviewer may also ask you what are your strengths and weaknesses? (Everybody has both strengths and weaknesses, whether they like to admit it or not)

6. What is a challenge you were faced with in the past and how did you deal with it? This may require some thought. People may face many challenges at work on a weekly basis and this question may be easy for them. It doesn’t have to be too complicated an answer. Something like that you were having difficulty setting up a powerpoint to present for a group and how you overcame this issue. Or that you were not able to access the printer using your card and had to seek assistance. Asking help at any time is not a bad thing, I might add. Nobody knows everything (especially starting off in a new job).

Notice your voice when you are speaking. You do not want to sound like a robot but want to sound natural and as if the conversation is effortless. You should not sound rehearsed, scripted or as if you have been brainwashed. You should naturally know your own strengths and weaknesses, work experience and so on without having to think ( too long) about them.

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