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IT's not just for the boys!

Female STEM students looking to forge successful careers in tech.

Hong Ngyen

My name is Hong and I just graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Computer Science. I first learned about IT's not just for the boys! from meeting TARGETjobs at an annual career fair held by my university. I was seeking a graduate job so I thought the networking event could do me a huge favour. And I wasn't wrong.

Applying for the event was an easy and smooth process. After submitting a form online, I got a call from a TARGETjobs staff member. Don't panic, it's not like those job telephone interviews. They just want to know a bit more about you and what you are expecting from the event. Shortly after the phone call, I got an email confirmation, and it was time to prepare for the day.

It was a pleasant day filled with exciting and helpful activities. I got to meet many bright talented girls from across the UK. The networking event with the current employees from companies helped me gain further insights into the work and culture of the company. They were all lovely, approachable and, above all, inspiring. After the event, I gained the courage and motivation to apply to the companies that I met that day.

IT's not just for the boys! played a good part in encouraging me to apply for Morgan Stanley, and luckily enough I successfully secured a graduate job. IT's not just for the boys was a life-changing experience and I am grateful for having been there.