STEM Graduates Day - TUESDAY 3 March 2020

The Graduate Day is open to top final year students graduating in 2020 who are interested in following a career in STEM.


Karen Gill MBE & Maxine Benson MBE, Founders, everywoman

Introductory Presentation: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women into STEM Careers
  • Seizing the opportunities for young female graduates
  • Reflecting on a shift within society towards greater inclusion, diversity and equality
  • Believing in your capabilities and finding your niche in business

Lisa Sherwell, VP for Transformation, SUSE.

Inspirational Insight: From Expectation to Reality - My Story of Learning and Leadership

In this inspirational case study session, a leader shares her story and provides practical advice. 

  • Weighing the opportunities: understanding expectations, the culture of different companies and where you fit in best
  • Balancing the human side of tech with innovation and technological advancement
  • Leadership within your organisation's culture: a masterclass in leadership techniques


Inspirational Insight: Breaking Down Barriers and Unlocking Potential in STEM

After arriving to the UK as a child refugee in 2007, Shrouk El-Attar was denied access to a university degree in Engineering. She joined Student Action for Refugees and led the campaign for Equal Access to Higher Education for Asylum Seekers, now successful at more than 70 universities across the UK. Today she is an Electronics Engineer, a STEM ambassador and LGBT+ rights campaigner.

In this open session Shrouk shares her experiences of overcoming enormous challenge in order to unlock the potential of young people in STEM around the world, and shares her tips for overcoming adversity in your career.

Shrouk El-Attar MEng MIET (She/They), Electronic Design Engineer, Renishaw


Practical Advice for Getting into Tech and Developing Your Career

In this practical session, Christina Chen discusses the diverse range of roles available in the technology industry and her personal journey through just a few of them, whilst sharing her top tips for navigating your own tech career.

  • The dos and don’ts of successfully securing your dream job in tech, based on real experience and data.
  • How to bridge the gap between academic and study to the real world of technology and business
  • The non-traditional routes into the technology industry

Christina Chen, CEO, Turing

Panel discussion: Evolving the Workplace: Preparing for a Diverse Future World of Work

Bringing together some of the leading tech innovators and post-graduates, this panel will answer some of your questions on how the workplace is evolving and which opportunities are yours for the taking.

  • The future world of work: how companies are evolving
  • Bridging the gap between the world of work and fresh new talent: examples of initiatives and practical tips for making the most of internal training and opportunities
  • Understanding the culture of the workplace you are in and finding a mentor
  • What we wish we’d known when starting out

Sinead Daly, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Revolut
Kim Nilsson, CEO, Pivigo
Noor Shaker, Founder and CEO, @Phenogenica
Frances Ibe, Group Product Director - NPD, GoCo Group
Bushra Alahmadi, PhD Student, Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, University of Oxford

STEM Graduate Day Speed Mentor-Mentee Networking Session

Mentees: Do you want to connect with someone who has gone on the same career path you would like to follow?  Do you want to learn from someone who has modelled the competencies you would like to strengthen? Do you want someone who has skills you currently don’t have but wish to acquire? Do you want someone who will be a good sounding board for your goals?

Employers: As a mentor, you can learn from mentees about new information and trends, enhance your own career and personal satisfaction, contribute to developing talent in the next generation and enhance your managerial and personal skills.

Learning from others and passing on that knowledge to others is one of the most important things you can learn in life. In this session, mentor and mentee participants will be able to take the time to meet each other in a sequence of 8-minute pairings.

In each meeting, both the mentor and mentee candidate will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, briefly summarizing their business histories and goals and gain insight into any burning questions they have.

After a set time period of a few minutes, the host stops the first round of meetings. Then either the inner or outer circle participants moves to the next space. Following a brief settling-in period, the host starts the second round of meetings.

In this Round Robin speed networking event, you will meet an average of 10-15 contacts during the session.

Lessons Learnt: What I Would Tell My Younger Self

A panel based discussion reflecting on the key lessons learnt on the journey to the top, advice for women looking to move up and a reflection on the challenges and opportunities for women in tech.

Gisela Abbam, Global Goodwill Ambassador & Chair, British Science Association
Joyce Sarpong, Founder and Director, AfricaOracle
Fiona Gallagher-Payet, International Director, Enterprise Engineering, Facebook
Julie Perkins, Digital Workplace Director - Group Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

Employer Perspective: Making the Most of the First 10 Years
  • Don’t waste a second – every meeting is an opportunity!
  • Having confidence in your skills and your potential and being ambitious for the future
  • Setting a mindset towards equality – help to be the difference that the world needs

Lucy Quist, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Close of Graduate Day
6:30 Onwards
Networking Drinks, hosted by Facebook

Open to all those attending the Graduate Day, Facebook will be hosting this exclusive networking opportunity following the day's discussions.