My name is Olivia Brett and I am a first year International Business undergraduate from Loughborough University.

I have spent the last two weeks here at Chwarae Teg on work experience and I’d love to share with you what I’ve been up to!

I’ve always taken an interest in gender equality issues and I first heard of Chwarae Teg when they popped up on my Twitter feed. It only took me a couple of scrolls through their feed for me to want to find out more and so I jumped at the chance to spend time here on work experience.

So what have I done over the last two weeks? Every day is different at Chwarae Teg! I’ve really enjoyed how varied the work has been. I’ve done everything from writing a newsletter to riding a boat trip around Cardiff Bay!

I’ve been involved in the proposal of an exciting new project – a mentoring initiative aimed at young women like myself, to give them career guidance and an opportunity to develop their workplace skills.

It was great to work on this project with another work experience student. I’ve also been lucky enough to have the chance to attend events with Chwarae Teg including the Tidal Lagoon Cardiff Bay proposal and a Women in Science debate where I had the opportunity to network with lots of inspirational women.

One of the highlights for me was taking part in a Women in Public Life development scheme training day.

I felt truly inspired after meeting and sharing experiences with so many amazing women. It made me realise that I can really make a difference with the career I choose!

I have learnt so much – all thanks to the fantastic team I’ve been lucky enough to work with. Everyone here has been so welcoming and I really appreciate all the time and effort that has been put into giving me the most valuable experience possible.

It has been really refreshing to work in such a positive environment – and I’m not just talking of the people but the office itself ( if you haven’t paid a visit I highly recommend, it’s amazing – especially the Zen Den! )

I have thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks working at Chwarae Teg.

It has really opened up my way of thinking and I am definitely more aware of the gender issues surrounding me.

It has inspired me to pursue a career that will help improve women’s lives in Wales and I look forward to keeping in touch and hopefully returning at some point in the future.

Diolch yn fawr iawn!!

 

Written by Olivia Brett, International Business undergraduate, Loughborough University.