Hello World! My name’s Mary – I’ll be interning with Code First: Girls this summer. On this blog I’ll be giving you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes at CF:G, including:
- The organisational aspects of all the wonderful events and courses run by CF:G
- The work CF:G does with companies to try and increase recruitment of women into tech
- And much more…
Week 1 (beginning Mon 8th June):
I arrived at the CF:G workplace in London Bridge, with little idea of what to expect. I was warmly greeted by Programmes Manager Clarice, and then later by CEO Amali, and was quite surprised to learn that they alone formed the core CF:G team. Yes, that’s right. Running coding courses at 24 universities, collaboration with a large cohort of various companies, regular career events for young women, and more - all organised by two people alone. Impressive.
My first morning consisted of an in-depth induction. I was given the freedom very early on to handle a lot of the communications, which was daunting at first. But I soon adapted to the role of representing CF:G in emails, social media, and when meeting new people. It was a great way of getting into the mindspace of being part of the team.
It was a very useful week for me to be joining. We had a couple of strategy workshops, the first of which was run by Neysan from EDIS, focusing on human-centred design and how it could be applied to our operations. Also participating were Alice and Matt, who are co-founders of EF (Entrepreneur First), the company that originally started CF:G. In just a few hours, CF:G’s core strategy was deconstructed and carefully rebuilt using post-it notes and flipchart paper. From an onboarder’s point of view, I found it really interesting to see how the whole team had their own slant on the fundamental purpose of CF:G, and yet were so forward-thinking and open to new ideas.
The second strategy–focused activity of the week involved an exciting visit to Oxford on Thursday. Melting from the June heat, we were greeted by four lovely members of the Oxford Strategy Group who had kindly agreed to look at our engagement activities. They had some really fantastic insights and suggestions regarding our website, competitors, and university profiles.
The rest of the week was filled in with a lot of prep for the next week’s numerous events; Clarice and Amali having encouraged me to listen in or participate with pretty much every single meeting and call. After just five days, I’m already feeling like I’ve been here for months, and am so excited for this summer and getting really stuck in at Code First: Girls.
Code First: Girls