August 5, 2021
Nura Khan shares her journey of taking part in our S.T.E.M programmeGirls Talk London will be opening up applications this September to our new tech talent accelerator, Step Up, a six month programme for students who identify as female and are in their 2nd year of university to receive mentorship, skills development training and work experience.As we gear up to applications opening, we will be sharing the stories of our alumnae from previous programmes.Read Nura’s story on her experience as part of our 2017 class of Step into STEM.
In 2016, I was in sixth form studying core STEM subjects Maths, Physics and Chemistry. I took part in the Girls Talk London Step into STEM programme as I was interested in working in Technology. I was fortunate to be mentored by Sunita Mall, during my time in the programme, who at the time was a Senior Business Analyst for O2. I gained exposure to the telecommunication industry and insight into all the opportunities available. 4 years later, I have completed my second year at Queen Mary University of London studying Mechanical Engineering and I am now on my placement year doing a Technology and Innovation internship at Virgin Media, which has now joined forces with O2, so now coincidently Sunita and I are now both working for Virgin Media O2!
It has almost been a year that I have been on the Technology and Innovation internship scheme working in the Digital Enablement team for Virgin Media O2 and this has been one of the most pivotal learning experiences in my personal development. Virgin Media O2 is one of the biggest British telecommunications companies in the UK, and once I have graduated, I am keen to stay within the telecommunications sector as there is always something new to work on and the sector is always evolving.
It is also incredible to think how much the world has changed thanks to the technologies each of us have right at our fingertips – especially in crucial times like the Pandemic where telecoms bring us all together. Studying engineering has set me up to a pathway of constant innovation and to a network of talented people, in a career sector where there is always something interesting and new to work on. The advice I would give for any other girls or young women who want to enter Engineering careers is that this pathway will open doors to so much more than just tech. You will be afforded a lot of different opportunities and, my advice is to say yes to all of the opportunities presented, even if you feel like they are out of your comfort zone.
If you would like to apply for the Step up Programme, register your interest here