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Vacancy Spotlight: Senior Product Designer – EY’s Hive | EY

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Our mission is to transform the working lives of tax and finance professionals.

Here at the Innovation Hive, we are an energetic and driven team with a passion for revolutionising the ways in which tax and finance teams work. Founded only a few years ago, we have built a platform leveraging the latest technology (including AI) and have already enjoyed strong internal and external adoption. Our early success has ensured significant ongoing investment to scale the platform and build new features, we are well set to become the leading tech solution in the market.

With the move towards making tax digital and increased remote working, there has never been a better time to join our team, work on real challenges and help build game-changing digital solutions for our industry.

The opportunity

We are looking for a talented senior product designer who can work across all stages of design, from understanding the core user problem to shipping a well-tested UI. As a senior member of the team, you will help build UX maturity within the Innovation Hive and champion human-centred design. You will enjoy working with stakeholders, engineers, and product managers to create simple solutions that solve complex problems for our users.

The ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Can empathise with users and have a holistic view of the product in mind
  • Enjoys working on problems, rather than features
  • Acts as a facilitator and can work effectively alongside product managers and engineers
  • Welcomes and invites feedback regularly from stakeholders and users
  • Is comfortable working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Proactively identifies and tackles opportunities to improve our ways of working

What you will do

  • Innovate – own every aspect of the product’s design, focusing on the key user problems and creating innovative solutions that deliver a simple and intuitive user experience
  • Manage – gather user and business requirements for design briefs
  • Discover – collaborate with our researcher and product managers to conduct user research
  • Prototype and test – create wireframes and prototypes to validate with users for rapid iteration
  • Deliver – create beautifully polished UI and be able to communicate the detail to development scrum teams ensuring seamless hand-offs
  • Collaborate – foster strong working relationships with product managers and engineers Communicate – be transparent and be able to communicate ideas to stakeholders
  • Coach – coach and encourage junior product designers in a continuous learning environment

What You Definitely Need

  • We expect our product designers to be well rounded so you should have user experience, user interaction and commercial product experience
  • Ability to apply a wide range of design thinking techniques, able to deliver innovative conceptual thinking, whilst also having the right analytical and technical mind-set and skills to work out the details to deliver real value to the product
  • Experience running design workshops
    Proven experience with design systems, grid frameworks, delivering to and creating style guides and other responsive design experience
  • Experience working alongside developers in an iterative way as part of an agile team
  • Recognised Degree or similar experience (essential) and Masters (desirable)
  • Proficient with design tools such as Sketch, Figma, Adobe CS, InVision, Zeplin, Marvel
  • Experience designing enterprise or financial software (desirable)

Our core values

  • Empathetic – you take the time to understand what drives other team members, what motivates them and how to achieve mutual objectives
  • Humble – you actively seek feedback and feel comfortable providing it to others. You are not overly influenced by organisational hierarchy
  • Hungry – you are excited by what you do, and you bring an enthusiasm to your job
  • Adaptable – you are comfortable re-evaluating your view when presented with contrasting facts and your opinions

What working at EY offers

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client- facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities, and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.

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Women in the security industry: We’ve made progress but how can we continue to make more

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Article by Ralitsa Miteva, Manager of Digital Identity and Mobile Security, OneSpan

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made when it comes to women in leadership roles in the security industry, as well as closing the gender gap.

There are more women working in the industry and leading the fight against fraud than ever before. It is estimated global technology firms, on average, will reach nearly 33% overall female representation in their workforces this year. However, while this is a step in the right direction, there’s still considerable work for technology companies and their security teams to do to increase female representation and make the industry more appealing for women.

Technology remains a heavily male-dominated industry, as women are still largely outnumbered by men in leadership roles with women holding less than 25% of these roles in the industry. Ultimately, this comes down to a lack of female leaders and mentors, gender disparity in STEM jobs, and insufficient STEM education. Additionally, while there have been remarkable efforts to address the gender pay gap in the industry, there is still a long way to go. As we’ve seen over the last century, especially around the gender pay gap and dismantling gender stereotypes, it takes time and continuous action to see meaningful change.

Many women still feel that they need to take extra steps to be recognised for the work they do and the value they add. While it’s great to have initiatives such as International Women’s Day, we need to celebrate the work that women are doing in the anti-fraud sector (and all sectors) year-round. Women need more opportunities and visible role models leading the anti-fraud efforts in technology organisations, as well as pay that’s equal to men to encourage more women into the industry.

How the industry has evolved over the last 10 years for women

While it’s still more difficult for women to get into security positions than it is for men, it’s considerably easier than it was 10 years ago. Over the last decade, we’ve seen a shift in attitudes towards women working in tech. Before, it was still widely believed that women were less technical and not suitable for a career in tech.

What’s more, there was an extremely small number of women in STEM education or pursuing technical degrees, which meant that there wasn’t a high number of women in the pipeline for tech jobs. Despite the increase of women working in the sector, there are still significantly fewer women in leadership roles. More needs to be done to address the barriers to entering the industry and getting into leadership roles so that women have the same chance as their male counterparts.

Why do we need more women in leadership roles?

A lack of visible female role models in the anti-fraud space only reinforces the perception that pursuing a career in tech isn’t for women. Having more women in leadership roles will help to encourage more women to consider technology as a viable career path as well as boost women’s visibility and representation in the space.

However, this shouldn’t just fall on the shoulders of female employees, organisations have a crucial role to play too. To help more women get into leadership roles, organisations must ensure they are giving their female employees the opportunity to progress and thrive in their careers as well as work harder to promote more women to leadership roles, so they too can have a seat at the table.

Giving women the recognition that they deserve

In addition to attracting more women to the industry, it’s equally important that organisations are recognising the great work of their female employees, so they feel valued and seen as critical members of the organisation.

It’s also important to network as much as possible and build a rapport with more senior members of staff, who have a strong internal influence within an organisation. Establishing these kinds of relationships can often help with promotions and getting women the recognition they deserve. Another way for women to be recognised is to gradually build their profile as industry experts that people go to for more information on a given topic – knowledge is key. Whether that be following industry news, doing active research, listening to podcasts, participating in customer meetings, reading analyst reports and papers or watching documentaries.

The technology industry as a whole and security has a lot to offer women, but their contribution needs to be shouted about more often. There’s not a simple solution to fixing the gender gap and empowering women in the workplace but having visible female role models as well as supporting organisations that help women to achieve their full potential will go a long way to making these industries more appealing for women.


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ICT is still a very male dominated industry – how RIPE are helping the gender balance

Article by Mirjam Kühne, RIPE Chair

ICT is still a very male dominated industry, including the part that deals with the underlying technical Internet infrastructure. Having studied Computer Science in the 80s and early 90s, I am used to this environment, and I was often the only woman in the room.

However, I felt that the technical Internet community was different from other, more established ICT industries in the way that it was a relatively young field, and people were passionate, open, honest, and very informal. That’s one reason I have always enjoyed being part of the RIPE community, which is a group of people who make sure the Internet infrastructure continues to work and grow in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.

Now, 30 years later, the community is ageing, and we need to make sure we attract the next generation of network engineers so that the enormous amount of expertise that lives in this community doesn’t get lost. I am concerned that network engineering as a career is not very popular among young people today and that there is still a lack of women coming into the field. Since a lot of network operation is automated these days, knowledge about hands-on network engineering is dwindling and maybe not promoted well enough in universities. Especially during the pandemic, it has become apparent just how important a functioning Internet is – and it’s the knowledge and expertise of the network operators who collaborate in forums such as RIPE who make this happen.

The COVID pandemic has made the situation worse due to the fact it was harder for newcomers, including women, to enter the community and actively participate. In May 2022, the RIPE community will have its first onsite meeting for more than two years. This is also an opportunity to attract young, new talent. We are working together with universities to set up several events especially for students, both in person and online – one of which is an online session in May which will look at the topic ‘Who controls the Internet or Network Engineering as a Career’, which all students are welcome to join.

During the RIPE 84 meeting in Berlin, we will also continue our Women in Tech series, this time focusing on the Gender Data Gap. We will be highlighting sex-disaggregated data and what it can tell us about the gender gap in ICT, and there will be a keynote speech, interview, and workshop. We also have a RIPE Diversity Task Force who meets to work on actions aimed at increasing diversity at RIPE Meetings, and we continue to provide on-site childcare to make it easier for parents to attend.

We will also use the RIPE Meeting to further promote our new RIPE Code of Conduct and recruit members for the Code of Conduct Team. If we want to increase diversity and be inclusive to everybody, we need to make sure we provide a safe environment – and having the right reporting processes in place and people you can approach in case you feel something is wrong is an important part of that.

The RIPE community and RIPE Meetings are open to everybody and always have been. I am proud to see many influential women active in the RIPE community and in leadership positions, including my role as the first female RIPE Chair. Having these role models helps to attract others to step up. At RIPE, we aim to foster diverse and inclusive RIPE Meetings where all attendees feel welcome to participate fully, and we take steps to increase our diversity further through these initiatives.

The online student session is being held on 3 May 17:00 – 18:30 (UTC+2). Speakers: Bert Hubert, Franziska Lichtblau (PC Chair) and the topic will be ‘Who controls the Internet or Network Engineering as a Career’, more information will be available nearer the time at: https://ripe84.ripe.net/


Vacancy Spotlight: Senior Data Analyst – Engineering Distribution | Invesco

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Invesco is driven by a pure focus on investment. It’s all we do.

We focus on doing work that matters and being a firm that gives a voice to every employee. In fact, we make a promise to our clients and each other to create greater possibilities together. We’re looking for people who have fresh perspectives. Who can come together to share ideas, listen and challenge each other to achieve better solutions for our clients.

Your role 

Invesco Technology is seeking a Senior Data Analyst Engineer to be part of a new team that is standing up Client and Transaction Data Management capabilities to support our European and Asia-Pacific business. This position will partner closely with Technology colleagues and the Product Owners in our business units.

The ideal candidate is passionate about data and has solid understanding of fund management distribution data in EMEA and APAC. The successful candidate will focus on analysing and mapping the data to our systems, supporting operational reports and analytics. The ability to effectively communicate with both business partners and technology professionals is essential.

The position offers a unique opportunity to work in a global role and leverage your skills to collaborate and deliver alongside a talented team of technology professionals.

Sound interesting? You will be working with the business to understand their data needs with a focus on EMEA and APAC Distribution and Marketing data which will include internal and external Sales teams, Management and Marketing teams as well as Client Servicing and Operations. As well as delivering data requirements you will work on data sourcing research, data mapping and data validation.

The Senior Engineer will build trusted relationships to be able to solve problems and be the point of contact for making recommendations and technology suggestions.

Bring a strong understanding of the financial services/asset management industry and show case your experience in business data analysis and process flows. We will look for solid understanding of Alteryx and SQL and the experience working with report tools such as Cognos and Tableau.

If you enjoy challenging and thought-provoking work and have a strong desire to learn and progress this could be the role for you.

The good stuff

We have an outstanding benefits package, which includes

  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Company-provided healthcare
  • 26 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Generous pension provisions
  • Income protection
  • Health and wellness benefits
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Life insurance

Our commitment to you

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone.  As part of Invesco’s commitment to ensuring our teams have the broad range of experiences and backgrounds required to promote diversity of thought, and to maintaining a positive, engaging work environment, we champion flexible working.

Please feel free to discuss flexible working options with us.

Our commitment to the community and environmental, social and governance investing

We partner with charitable organisations globally to make an impact in the communities where we live and work. Our people are encouraged to support the charities they feel most passionate about.  We are also committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. We serve our clients in this space as a trusted partner both on specific responsible investment product strategies as well as part of our commitment to deliver a superior investment experience.

Join Us

We’re proud to be a firm that achieves more together. One that is focused on doing work that matters. One that gives a voice to every employee. One that genuinely cares. By coming together to share our ideas, listen, and challenge each other’s perspectives, we get to better solutions for our clients.

Our ambition is high. By working smart and supporting one another, we can continuously push ourselves to grow. We all have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our business, our industry and our clients’ lives.

Let’s create greater possibilities together!

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16/05/2022: Bring what you love to what you do | Get to Know Apple

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What are you passionate about? Music? Art? Photography? Fitness? Games?

Whatever it is, bring it to the Apple Store in London and share what you love through Apple products. If you have people skills, we’ll show you the rest.

Working part-time or full-time, you’ll get special Apple training and the world’s best prices on the world’s best products.

At Apple, we know diversity includes and inclusion empowers. That’s why we’re continually strengthening our long-standing commitment to making our company more inclusive and the world more just.

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As part of a team that delivers great customer experiences, you’ll introduce people to the Apple products that help them do what they love in new ways. Working up front or backstage, you’ll have the chance to make a big difference every day.

Technical Support

When a customer becomes an owner, it’s the beginning of a relationship. And this team helps make sure that relationship thrives. Have a talent for hands-on problem solving You can address customers’ technical issues to reconnect them with the Apple experience they love.


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Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast - In the Lounge with Shellye Archambeau, CEO, Silicon Valley Leader, Author & Board Member for Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies and Okta Inc.

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Today we hear from Shellye Archambeau – CEO, Silicon Valley Leader, Author & Board Member for Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies and Okta Inc.

Shellye’s shares some of her experiences from an expansive tech career, as well as why she believes success in life and work lies within your ability to plan.

Shellye provides tangible strategies for finding your courage, learning to be uncomfortable, eliminating your imposter syndrome, taking risks and exercising those all important career muscles.

If you want to find out more about Shellye – you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2022.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 21 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

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How embracing fear can HELP your career to develop

Article by Dash Tabor, CEO of TUBR

Technology LeadershipWE’VE all felt those moments of dread having to deal with tough or difficult situations in the workplace.

But I never anticipated the totally debilitating, mind-consuming stress driven by imposter syndrome and anxiety that I would feel through the early stages of building my business. The feelings of being overwhelmed often brought on physical sensations of the walls literally closing in on me. My mind would freeze and my productivity would drop.

But I never gave up. I never even considered quitting was an option. I refused to be paralysed by feelings I believed I should be in control of.

And now, you know what, I am so happy I went through it.

It’s been a journey that has now led me to a place of acceptance and enabled me to talk about my feeling without fear and without worrying that I’ll show weakness.

As a result I am now in a much healthier headspace.

So my advice to anybody in terms of career development is to embrace the fear. You need to start by acknowledging it. Vocalise it if you need to. Literally take five minutes away, in a quiet space, to say out loud what you are worried about. Consider recording it on your phone. It can be a great reminder in later years as to how you’ve overcome challenges. Don’t be afraid to lean on others either – and not just people working in business. Often the very best advice can come from a room-mate, friend, partner, relative.

When you are all-consumed by an issue a fresh perspective can be worth its weight in gold.

On many occasions when I’ve faced a problem a friend has helped me step back and realise I am approaching it completely wrong.

Once you’ve acknowledged the fear, take space to deal with it. That might mean ten minutes outside in the park. Or an hour in the gym. Or a day away from the office. Often when you give yourself space solutions will come – sometimes when you least expect.

Finally, forget the idea of never making mistakes.

You always will – and you always must. If you’re not you are not going about things the right way and you are probably not taking enough risks. Be willing to acknowledge mistakes The first step to achieving growth is admitting when you’ve done wrong. Don’t try to cover it up, deny it, or push it aside. Doing so will only make things worse, increase your stress, and in some cases, damage your reputation.

If you need to say sorry to someone, say it. Think of the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Does anyone remember it? Did you learn something from it? Honesty and ownership are acts of courage.  Next reframe and analyse the mistake.

Changing your perspective is the second step to the learning process. Putting in a dedicated effort to step back from the situation will help you see the bigger picture and increase your resilience. Ask yourself the hard questions. Self reflection is difficult but crucial to the learning journey. Similar to ownership, you can’t take steps to change things if you don’t know what you did. Take the time to consider what led up to the mistake, including errors you made along the way.

Then take what you’ve learned from your mistake and adjust accordingly.  That may mean improving your communication skills or putting in place strategies so you don’t neglect important details.  Practice makes perfect. The more you train your mind and body to think and react in a certain way, the quicker the improvement.

Finally, remember, life in the comfort zone is fine for some. But for those who really want to succeed and achieve their ambitions you have to step out of it, embrace the fear and move forward.

Dash TaborAbout the author

Dash Tabor is co-founder and CEO of TUBR, a tech start-up which has developed machine learning technology that needs only a fraction of that data usually required to make real-time predictions across rapidly changing environments.


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Vacancy Spotlight: Tax, Technology & Transformation Advisor | EY

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Tax departments today face more challenges than ever before. 

Against the backdrop of these, the challenges, the top issue on the minds of tax and finance directors, is how to operate efficient and effective tax departments.

In our Tax Technology and Transformation team you’ll get the opportunity to use and build upon your experience in strategy and process consulting; data management; implementation of tax IT systems and building tax requirements into ERPs and finance processes to help our clients manage the strategic as well as practical, everyday issues of operating and improving the performance of their tax departments.

Your key responsibilities

  • Develop tax technology plans with goals, build and deployment strategies and performance measurements for our clients
  • Assist with creating and developing high-impact tools and materials to support the varied client work and assignments across TTT such as thought leadership, diagnostics, internal user guides and blueprints
  • Support a variety of client projects, from working on tax operating model design to deploying the latest AI tools for client tax processes.
  • Think commercially focusing on understanding client issues and pain points and assisting in developing cost effective solutions across process, people, data and technology
  • Review and record clients’ processes, systems & pain points with a focus on spotting blockers, analysing root causes & advising on/ implementing solutions
  • Manipulate and analyse client data using technology and designing insightful dashboards to present insights in an easy-to-understand and client friendly manner
  • Use and develop technology skills (e.g. coding, MS Power Platform, Alteryx, etc.) to help maintain and improve automation tools developed by the team
  • Continuously educate yourself to develop in-depth technology skills and learn about latest technologies

Skills and attributes for success

Candidates would ideally have a range of the below skills, however not all are essential

  • Management of the successful delivery of technically complex and demanding consulting projects, ensuring technical excellence and practical / business driven approach taken
  • Strong and motivated team player
  • Supporting with the operational management of the team and also through managing employee development and assignments
  • Excellent communicator in a range of situations
  • Ability to identify areas of risk, carry out effective reviews and know when to refer upwards
  • Effective time management – ability to remain calm when meeting deadlines
  • Proven ability to create innovative solutions to help increase efficiencies
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proven experience of interest self-development and independent learning with technology
  • Experience of presenting to clients and senior external stakeholders
  • A good understanding of tax compliance & tax reporting
  • Coding skills, SQL or knowledge of technology tools (MS Power Platforms, Alteryx or similar)

To qualify for the role you must have

  • Experience in the profession and be interested in specialising in one or more of the following areas:Tax compliance and reporting
    Accounting and finance
  • Development and/or implementation of technology solutions
  • Finance or tax performance improvement

Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Preferably be ACA/CTA or other local equivalent qualifications
  • Experience of coaching and developing more junior team members
  • Experience of managing large and complex projects

What we look for

Our services are different from other tax advisory services and typical assignments that you may get involved with include:

  • Tax Data Management – improving the quality of data received by the tax function, and implementing software tools to make the processing and reporting of tax data more efficient
  • Provisioning and tax reporting solutions – implementing software solutions along with process and controls re-design that support the automating of effective global tax provisioning and reporting processes.
  • Insourcing/Outsourcing – developing models for all or portions of the tax compliance and reporting needs of a company
  • Workflow & information management – setting up processes and technology tools to provide greater control over global tax deadlines and risks in a more efficient manner
  • Tax Function Diagnostic and Benchmarking – assessing the tax function against leading practices to identify and prioritise areas of improvement.

The work requires you to work closely with our clients’ businesses so you’ll proactively maintain your technical knowledge by keeping abreast of finance or tax performance improvements methodologies having an understanding of ERP software (SAP, Oracle). Specific experiences which are not mandatory; however would benefit applicants include:

  • Experience of applying your technology skills and knowledge either as part of a client project, business development or to help improve the team’s internal ways of working.
  • You work well with limited supervision, manage your time well, are a good communicator and manage your deadlines.
  • You enjoy working with other team members, learn from their experience and pass on your knowledge and experience.
  • You enjoy working with junior team members and helping them in the development of their skills and achieving their goals.

What working at EY offers

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. And with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people, we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.

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Women in tech gather for empowering One Tech World 2022 conference

One Tech World aims to highlight the challenges facing women in tech by fostering a community to transcend the hurdles.

As women continue to advance and excel in their tech careers, experts have urged the industry to be each other’s partners and allies.

The empowering one-day virtual event, One Tech World, offers the opportunity to learn about innovative technologies and professional development, whether you already have a strong network of female colleagues in your field or want to extend your network.

On 01 April, a community of women in technology gathered to hear inspiring messages from industry leaders, allies and advocates.

For the second year, the conference was delivered as part of a global virtual learning experience via a state-of-the-art conferencing platform.

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Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, said creating a diverse workforce is not something that occurs overnight.

“It takes a constellation of activity, over a continuous period of time, to really turn good intentions into tangible change.”

In her opening keynote address, Palmer said, it’s time to stop talking about change and make it happen: “We need some serious barrier-busting! For me, this means no longer talking about gender equity and encouraging anything because it’s the ‘right thing to do’. You’re darn right, it’s the right thing to do! So we, as organisations, need to get to work! If we need open and clear paths for women, what are we doing? If we need to retain women, what are we doing? If we need more women in senior roles, what are we doing?

“At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we do this by setting clear objectives and monitoring and reporting on gender across our organisation. We look for the leaky valve and we work to plug it. With tangible actions and measurements to understand if we’re getting it right,” she added.

She noted that a lot of work has already been done in recruitment: “Keep it up,” she said. However, she shared her concerns about learning and development. “Businesses should be identifying where their leak is and working two grade levels below it to close it,” Palmer added.

She advised: “To really drive gender diversity in organisations, we need to move on from gender equity being the right thing to do and we need to find the right thing to do. And then we need to do it.

“Act early. Intervene with genuine, worthwhile development programs. Set targets for your businesses, to drive diversity into your leadership development programs.”

Ensure our leaders are held accountable in their objectives and reviews for delivering diverse and cultural value to our businesses.”

Since the start of its annual conference in 2015, WeAreTechWomen has welcomed over 5,000 people through its doors. The One Tech World conference seeks to demonstrate how the tech world works and to introduce attendees to the cutting-edge technology that is now impacting industries around the world.

The purpose of the event is to provide opportunities for women in technology, at all levels, to adapt their skill sets and expand their networks. During the live conference, attendees of One Tech World 2022 had access to all keynotes, panels and content, as well as the chance to revisit all sessions for 30 days afterward.

This year, the event covered over 160 topics, including technology trends, artificial intelligence, the future of drones, FinTech, HealthTech, ageism and more.

Below are just a few of the standout topics that featured this year

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What can we expect from technology in the future?

Ortis Deley, the host of The Gadget Show, gave One Tech World attendees a whistle-stop tour of the future of technology.

Up and coming technologies mentioned included virtual reality, wearables, innovations in cameras to improve diagnoses through accessing healthcare data, 3D printing in healthcare, altruistic tech and energy storing materials to slow climate change, and the impact that fusion plasma will have on society.

Dealey said: “No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but a lot of the innovations that we take for granted today will form the foundation of some future tech.”

“I say ‘some’ because some of the techs that we use will quite possibly grow out of what we’re able to do with what we have at our disposal, at that time. For example, very few people saw the inception and rise of companies like Uber, because we didn’t have the infrastructure for 4G mobile telecommunication.”

Paving the way to net-zero

The term “net-zero” is a popular topic of discussion currently and refers to a situation in which greenhouse gas emissions are matched by their removal from the atmosphere.

According to international scientific consensus, global net human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be reduced by approximately 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, with net-zero emissions expected around 2050.

Jennifer Tsim, Partner at Oliver Wyman, and part of its Global Financial Services and Climate and Sustainability team, used her One Tech World session to give an overview of the topic with advice on what needs to be done.

“Achieving net-zero will ultimately require action from every company and every sector and a real shift in the entire global economy,” she said. “Net-zero requires an entire eco-system shift to a greener economy, and we’ll all be impacted.”

Tsim noted that governments, companies and individuals “all have a role to play if we are to be a success on this road to net-zero”. She invited attendees to think about their own roles, skillsets, companies and contacts and asked: “How will you think about contributing to net-zero in your work and in your decisions going forward?”

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Dr Kathryn O'Donnell
Can Space Tech save the planet?

Dr Kathryn O’Donnell, COO, In-Space Missions Ltd, at BAE Systems, delved into the topic of space technology and whether it can help the planet with climate change and sustainability, defence and law enforcement, and space services.

“Can space tech save the planet? I’m going to say no. Not on its own,” she said. “It can give us the tools or data we need to save ourselves, though, and I think that’s what we need to consider. Hugely useful, but we need to act with it.”

O’Donnell informed attendees about the range of careers within the space sector and how those wanting to make a difference could find the answer in a space tech role.

“The space industry has a huge amount to do to help us save our planet,” she noted.

“There are lots of jobs and lots of really interesting careers in space industries, so for those of you attending One Tech World today who are interested, dust off that CV and have a look at how you can help the space industry save the planet.”

What is neurodiversity?

Jacqui Wallis, CEO of Genius Within CIC, discussed the topic of neurodiversity at work and dealing with cognitive overload with a DevOps engineer from Dropbox.

Jennifer Opal, DevOps engineer at Dropbox, was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD in 2018 and shared her experience with One Tech World attendees.

“I realised that when I was reading text, it was making me feel overwhelmed….and I’d never felt that before. I could see that I was avoiding reading in every way that I could.”

Wallis and Opal agreed that being a neurodivergent individual has several benefits. Opal said: “What I find so incredible about being neurodivergent is that we are looking at things from a whole different angle.”

“We’re able to connect the dots so well, see a pattern and share that…it helps in every industry, whether its tech or outside of it. You’re able to give an idea that can help and contribute to projects that can provide great impact to the team and great impact to the company.”

However, Opal added: “I have to work in an environment that’s healthy and inclusive and practices it. It’s not just about talking about it. The action has to be there.”

She closed by encouraging all neurodivergent minds to be themselves: “It’s okay to be who you are. Don’t feel guilty or ashamed of being who you are. And be sure that, wherever you are in terms of your career, don’t ever look at being neurodivergent as a deficit. And if anyone makes you feel that being neurodivergent is a deficit, always remind yourself that you’re not the problem.”

“You were born the way that you are. Your brain is beautiful and amazing and creative and talented just the way it is. If someone else has an issue with that, it’s them.”

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Menopause in the workplace

Kat Holmes, Founder of MenopauseX, discussed the topic of menopause in the workplace with a panel of experts working in the field. MenopauseX was created to bring together leaders in data, tech and menopause care.

Amy Lindsay, Chief Data Officer for a UK construction company, is currently leading one of the sub-teams on the MenopauseX initiative. She explained that MenopauseX is seeking to plug the gap from a data and insights perspective to make a material difference to the well-being of women in the workplace.

Gaele Lalahy, Chief Operating Officer for the menopause app Balance, said we need more data on menopause to prove that there is a problem that needs addressing: “We need data to convince people. There’s a huge taboo around menopause and I think until you come with really hardcore data on what is happening – or more importantly, what is not happening – and the impact it has on the workplace, on women’s lives, and on society, it’s difficult for people to listen.”

“We know that 25% of women suffer serious symptoms from menopause, but 77% don’t realise it’s from menopause. 79% of those women visit a GP and 7% have to attend more than 10 appointments to get better assistance, and some 24% who are receiving treatment have to wait more than five years,” Lalahy explained.

“So you can imagine all those hurdles, all the unnecessary suffering just within that bit of data that I mentioned….already people can start to listen and say ‘Huh. I didn’t realise that was happening. So, what are the solutions? What can we do?’”

Lucy Chatwin, Director of the Newson Health Menopause Society, highlighted that the pandemic has created greater flexibility in working: “If you’re experiencing symptoms that aren’t very helpful, having the flexibility to be at home is great.”

“However, one of the things that we want to do is make sure that with the more than 32 symptoms that you experience with peri-menopause or menopause, you’re still able to have a conversation with your line manager about what they mean for you and what those daily adjustments need to look like. Because they will be different for all individuals.”

Attendees of One Tech World 2022 also had the opportunity to share selfies in the photo booth and interact with other participants, partners and speakers in the networking lounge, chat rooms and at a virtual pre-event networking meet.


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Ten techniques to combat stress and anxiety at work

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Article provided by Liz Walker, HR Director, Unum

Practice mindfulness

Many of the techniques mentioned involve mindfulness, which is a popular method of combatting anxiety. Mindfulness can stop you worrying by bringing your attention back to the present through acknowledging your worries and letting them go.

Mindfulness allows you to get in touch with your emotions and recognise how you feel.

Take a step back

Viewing thoughts and worries as if they are show or film you’re observing can be a good way to disconnect yourself from them and to finally put them out of your mind.

Accept strange thoughts

We all have strange thoughts from time to time, such as ‘what if I scream during a presentation?’. These thoughts are natural and will jump out from time to time. When this happens instead of focusing on it, describe it to yourself as the curiosity it is and move on. Remember, our minds are creative with lots of little thoughts floating about.

Recognise false alarms

Everyone has the sudden worry they didn’t lock the front door or left the iron on, however rarely do these things actually materialise. When you find yourself thinking along these lines and notice your body responding with a rapid heartbeat, recognise the situation for what it is. Acknowledge the thoughts and sensations but let them pass.

Positive Self Talk

Often, we’re far harder on ourselves than we would be on others. Try to talk positively to yourself rather than putting yourself down, like you would if you were talking to a child or friend who was nervous. Telling yourself phrases such as ‘this feeling will pass’ and ‘I will be ok’ could help to reassure you and reduce stress or worry.

Set Aside Worry Time

Sometimes worries can niggle at us and prevent us from doing things we should be doing. When this happens jot down the reason you’re feeling anxious and resolve to think it through later. By the time you get to doing that it’s likely many of the worries you’ve noted won’t be an issue anymore.

Question Your Thoughts

Feeling anxious can make our thoughts spiral out of control and think outlandish things. When you find this happening try to question your thoughts by asking yourself such questions as ‘is this worry realistic?’ and ‘what is the worst possible outcome and would it really be that bad?’.

Learn to Say No

Don’t take on too much, if you’re overloaded with work and extremely busy but given more work, try to push back. Talking to your boss about the situation will give them a better understanding of your workload and could allow you to push back deadlines or receive some help with a task.

Keep Track

Keep a diary for a week or two to track which situations make you feel most stressed and how you respond to them. Record your thoughts and feelings and what you did as a result; this can help you find out what situations make you stressed and your reactions to it.

Talk About It

Voicing your concerns, worries or feelings to an attentive and trusted listener can feel very cathartic. The person you speak to doesn’t have to ‘fix’ things, just listen to you even if it doesn’t change the situation.