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What do final year students start thinking about? Rhea starts to think about her five-year ambitions: "For any third year, the future can be a scary concept. You have that feeling as you head into your final semester or trimester that now you need to plan out the rest of your life. As I search for graduate schemes and internships, I think about where I want to be in five years’ time. A time that is not that far away that it feels impossible to fathom, but it’s also not too close that I need to apply too much pressure to myself. I found the best place to start was to think about what I’m good at. By giving us positions like ‘team leader’ in task-based modules, my course helped me develop leadership skills and confidence in my ability to delegate and treat a team fairly. I know that right now, I would like to be a digital marketing analyst where I have the chance to study human behavior and find ways of targeting ads without breaking personal privacy rights. After some thought I have made a list of what else, as well as the sector, is important to me to find in a career: 1. I hope to be working for a firm that is economically friendly, has equal pay for all employees and is a job I can thrive, and importantly, progress in. 2. I want to be able to bring change in the work I do and help find solutions. 3. I love numbers; so I want the chance to produce statistical models that would help understand what consumers need. 4. I want to be able to travel to different places and be able to build cultural experiences into my life and work. 5. I would like a chance to work with a charity for a cause I believe in. In five years, wherever I am I want to be happy and content with everything in my workspace and personal life. For the bigger picture, of course, I have long-term dreams too: 1. I want to have an impact on the world in some way. 2. I still want to have and dedicate time to my passion for dance, and have time to create a dance studio or to teach people how to dance. 3. My biggest goal is to save money so I can build my parents their dream home to retire in where they can be happy." #ARUProud #WomeninSTEM #AngliaRuskin #computing #studentblogger #chelmsford

Today we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! #IDWGS2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated on 11 February, recognises the important role women and girls play in science and technology. With that in mind, we asked some of our third-year students to tell us what science means to them. Here's Faye – 2nd year medical student. She said: "More women than ever are entering medical school, however fewer are reaching higher speciality training in areas like surgery. There’s a perception that it’s impossible to pursue a career in surgery and raise a family. Last year we held a Women in Surgery discussion panel at the Medical School, to address the misconceptions and highlight how these careers are well within our reach. We got to be in the presence of ten successful female surgeons/trainees who empowered us and made us realise we should never let our gender stop us achieving our goals. My photo was taken following the event with two female doctors who had just been accepted onto surgical training (I’m on the left!)." #ARUPROUD! #WomenInScienceDay #WomeninSTEM #ARUMedicine #angliaruskin #medicalstudents #studyingmedicine #womeninsciences #dayofwomeninscience #ARUchelmsford