This was my first time pitching for funding that I found after we were approached by Debbie to host a wearables workshop for her students! I hope you pick up some great tips of confidence for speaking to a crowd and pitching.
CEO, Debbie Edwards of FDisrupters, a start-up in Liverpool approached Women of Wearables to deliver our wearable tech workshop. The goal was to inspire 11 young girls aged 14-18 in her 14 week pilot program of workshops on confidence, self belief and tech skills.
As with most challenges start-ups face, Debbie was waiting for funding to enable us to deliver our workshops.
Our Wearable Tech Assistant, Rachael Yeung from Liverpool used her initiative and discovered a funding avenue through Awesome Liverpool.
Awesome Liverpool is a chapter of the Awesome Foundation. It is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome globally. Established in 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes $1000 grants to projects and creators.
In the UK, it is £500 and the money comes from 10 local Trustees who each put in £50 in a kitty for allocation each month.
There are 87 chapters in 20 countries world wide and disappointingly, there is only 1 chapter in the UK. But that’s why I think it’s fittingly called Awesome Liverpool.
After we secretly submitted an online form answering a series of questions about the brief on delivering a wearable tech workshop for FDisrupters and ensured that it fit the criteria of:
1. Solves a problem
2. Has a budget
3. Keeping it local and most importantly,
4. Bringing joy
we were shortlisted in the top 3 after 70 applicants had submitted!
Read the whole blog post on the Women of Wearables website here!
I’ve been a busy wearable tech assistant at work with MadeWithGlove and WoW UK Women of wearables! Check out what we’ve been up to.
WoW UK co-founder Marija Butkovic and Wearable Tech assistant Rachael Yeung exhibited at the WOW Talks TV’s first women in tech event on 20th September 2016 in London. Here is Rachael’s account of it all.
Setting up the exhibit space in the morning with our brand new display banner as we braced ourselves for the crowd of inspiration hungry school pupils to arrive. We were informed that there would be 400 school girls arriving to be inspired!
Check out what happened on the official Women of Wearables website written by Rachael Yeung and edited by Michelle Hua on www.womenofwearables.com
I became a wearable tech assistant by networking and being proactive. Nothing good is ever worth having if you haven’t worked for it!
What is wearable tech?
Wearable tech is the fusion of technology and textiles. You might remember from when you was a kid watching Inspector Gadget and then trying to invent coats that could make your breakfast and get you dressed. That’s in basic terms what I do. I look at ways of stitching/knitting/fusing circuits into a garment!
I began my career path after graduating from university with a Textiles degree, not knowing what I wanted to do next. Being self employed as a textiles designer was something I enjoyed but didn’t work the best in. I didn’t have the drive and self motivation to make it work!
Mashing two worlds together to create my own
So I began exploring ways of combining my two favourite things, trends and technology! My love of ‘future technology’ spanned from my final year studies and that’s when I found Michelle Hua. She offered me an internship to lend a hand running her fashionable wearable technology company in return for some well needed mentoring and insight into the wearable technology industry. It then developed into a successful working relationship and she kept me on with some funding!
Being constantly reminded of your ‘ticking body clock’; Freezing your eggs has now never been easier with a new breakthrough in Cryobiology, and a more popular choice when you decide you want to start a family later in life. Here’s what it’s all about…
2-4 weeks of self-administered hormone injections and birth control pills to temporarily turn off natural hormones. 10-14 days of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries and ripen multiple eggs.
Once the eggs have matured, they are removed with a needle placed through the vagina under ultrasound guidance. This procedure is done under intravenous sedation and is not painful. The eggs are then immediately frozen. When the patient is ready to attempt pregnancy (this can be several years later) the eggs are thawed, injected with a single sperm to achieve fertilization, and transferred to the uterus as embryos. – source
When should I freeze my eggs?
The big question, WHEN? Generally women are in their ‘prime reproducing’ age in their 20s and early 30s, as we’re all born with all the eggs we will ever need. These number of eggs decline as we age and so does their cellular integrity, that means the quality of the eggs decrease as we age. There are many reasons as to why people freeze their eggs including; medical reasons, and delaying childbearing.
How much does it cost?
With any medical procedure there is a cost and a risk. You can get help with the costs if you qualify, and there are various other free options such as egg sharing ; where you donate your eggs to women going through IVF that are unable to produce their own eggs. The whole procedure can cost around £2,000 – £5,000 with additional costs including £250 annual fee of storage.
What are the success rates and risks?
There’s around a 65% rate of successful deliveries from frozen eggs, which is higher than from fresh eggs or frozen embryos. With studies so far showing no increase in birth defects. Although a relatively new procedure that’s been studied in the longterm, approximately 5,000 babies have been born from frozen eggs in the US. – source
However, according to Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority has published that these success rate is of just 20% amongst women using their own frozen eggs. – source Success rates explained here.
Is it for me?
If you’re in a demanding career and want to delay your child baring days, then you may consider freezing your eggs. However it is time consuming as one cycle takes around two menstrual cycles to complete the egg freezing process.
Overall you shouldn’t be fully dependant on freezing your eggs as it is not a 100% guarantee that if you decide later that you do want to start a family, you will have to go through the same success rates as anyone else going through IVF, with the addition of the success of unfreezing the eggs. Even with the new advances in technology the success rates are still quite low, but with the rate of new developing technology its possible it will be higher later on if you do decide it’s for you.
Would you consider freezing your eggs? Or have you been through IVF yourself? Let us know in the comments below!
Following on from ‘How to write a CV‘, hopefully you will have some interview call backs from handing them out.
They will offer a time for you to go in for an interview. Make sure you have given yourself about a week to hear back from them and make sure you’re available for up to two weeks. So when they do call you to arrange for an interview, they will expect you to be free for it (around three days time). Otherwise you may have to hand in your CV again to get back on top of the list!
The most common interview types are: one on one, group assessment, a panel, and a Skype interview.
Research, research, and more research for the interview!
First, you need to do some research before it. Don’t go charging in unprepared! You’ll frustrate the interviewer and not make a good first impression. So read over the job description and know what you’re bring interviewed for, they always have some key pointers that they look for in a person. Eg. A team player, friendly, optimistic.
Next you want to research the company, look for the facts and history. You may even want to check out other people’s reviews, but take them with a pinch of salt as reviews tend to be written by a certain type of audience. Great websites are Glassdoor.co.uk and even TheStudentRoom.com if you google search ‘interview at (company)’ they have statistics on salary rates and a personal rating on how they found working there.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best
This is the motto I’m currently living by. Depending on the sector you’re interviewing for, they may really grill you. Especially if you’re going into a very demanding role! They may even throw in some ‘curve ball’ questions and try to break you under pressure, but just stand tall and try your best! Sometimes you may be really impressing them and you don’t realise it!
Generic Interview Questions
Write down all of the general interview questions you can think of; What are you strengths/weaknesses? What is an example of great/bad customer service? Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work here?
And answer them honestly, you can even give some examples if you haven’t got any personal experiences.
Don’t be late!
Always get there a minimum of 15 mins before your allocated time, unless they have specifically stated that there is no waiting room and have suggested an alternative. If you’re apply for a retail role, get there early to scope out the shop floor. They will be impressed that you’re taking an interest as to where things are, sometimes they would even ask you to put an outfit together! Plan your journey ahead and always take into account any traffic you may encounter that may make you late.
Dress the part
‘Dress for the job you want’ If you’re going for a managerial role, make sure you have a suit and you’re well-groomed. For a hospitality sectors interview it is imperative that you are well presented with your hair tied back and clean hands and nails, they expect you to be serving food remember! If it’s for a retail role, dressing like the clothes they have there is a great idea, but keep it smart! You want to mimic the vibe. So it looks like you’ll fit in, but also bare in mind that you want to make a good impression. If you’re having a Skype interview, WEAR PANTS. Don’t just dress your top half and sit there in your underwear, you need to feel confident. Although it won’t be likely; being asked whether you’re actually wearing pants or not may be a question!
Ultimately, the interviewer(s) want to get to know YOU, and how you tick. They will be analysing whether you will fit in with the company and it’s ethos, and the role you’ve applied for. They’ve asked you to come to an interview so they defiantly see something in you!
You hear people going on about the work climate and how it is ‘hard finding a job now days’, but by polishing off your curriculum vitae and tailoring it to what you’re applying for makes a big difference.
For this blog I will tailor this to writing a CV for retail since it’s a pretty common job to work in a customer service role when you’re starting to write your first. And I also find that they are always employing new people in that sector (there’s a lot of shops out there!) Creative CVs and other roles may differ, but will have the same general layout.
Big yourself up
Think of anything and everything you have done related to fashion and communication. Make a list of everything you enjoy or interested about fashion, for example your favourite style, celebrities/icon dress sense, if you’ve had to deal with any customers before. If you haven’t worked in a customer facing role before then recall any good or bad customer service experiences, was there a time you received less than friendly customer service in a place? Make a note of everything that may help in writing your CV and in interviews. (A blog about what to do in an interview will be up next! #watchthisspace) Even having a few interests and hobbies will be great (don’t forget to include any awards and competitions, even runner up prizes) It shows how hardworking and dedicated you can be when given a goal.
You want to fit all the important key things onto the first page. Your CV may get pretty long as you gain more experience and employment, you don’t have to fit everything into a certain amount of pages regardless of what you’ve heard. But keeping everything trimmed down to the main points with the most important being the first thing they will read is something you need to bare in mind; you want to attract the employer to read on! Google some CV ideas and how other people have used a compact but clear layout and pick out the key components that you think will work. I think having some main points about yourself in bold near the top is a great idea, e.g. FASHION, STYLIST, COMMUNICATION could be along the top in the header to highlight some key facts about yourself. This will catch their eye.
Look at the requirements for the jobs you are applying for. They tend to mention similar things in the job description when describing the ideal candidate. They look for someone that’s interested in working for them. So if you think you’re good communicating and can make the sales, emphasise that. OR if you think you’re more of the fashion and stylist kind, then work with that. Employers like it when you show an interest in where you want to work as it shows commitment and a drive.
It’s off-putting when there are spelling mistakes and terrible grammar mistakes. Get someone to proofread it, or even read it back to you. The employer will be hesitant on getting back to you if you don’t know your i’s to your e’s! You want to be proud of your CV and take pride in it when you hand it out. Exude confidence when you’re handing your CV over!
Some great links:
indeed.co.uk – online job search that many employers and companies use.
monster.co.uk – another online job search website that has similar jobs to above.
LinkedIn – If you fill in everything you can link it to any online job applications and it will automatically pull out the relevant information. It’s the lazy way, so be warned that sometimes this isn’t the best way to di it!
Do you have any great tips or personal experiences to add? Let us know in the comments below! And as always subscribe and follow us in the social bar to the right to read more!
People ask me now that I’ve graduated ‘so what are you doing for work now?’
Extra work/Background artist/Support artist whatever you want to call it. It’s basically the people who are making the background look busy. My brother recommended it to me after my agent advertised for people to join his new books, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
You don’t need any qualifications, you don’t need any specific studies, just a form of reliable transport and excellent punctuality. You don’t have to be a morning person, but being able to wake up at 4am to travel to an early call time is a must.
Is it that time to name drop? I’ve work with: Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Fresh Meat, Pepsi, Mastercard, The National Lottery, Virgin Trains and many more around the Northwest.
If I wasn’t sitting around on set and getting paid, I’d probably just be sitting around at home and not earning a dime. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, especially if you’re able to meet new people to have fun with and network at the same time! So, it’s a great way for me to enjoy freelancing whilst not needing to pop to the dole office.
They’ve made a snazzy behind the scenes of the making of the Virgin Trains advert here, so you can see all the handwork that went into it.