Talking to Students about Testing at a Job Mentoring Programme: Mentor Sverige

Yesterday morning I took part in Mentor Sverige’s Job Mentoring Programme at Ribbyskolan.

First off, it was a lot scarier than I was anticipating. I initially thought we would stay together as a group and then go around together in each classroom telling the students about what we do (looking back, I don’t know why I thought this as there definitely wouldn’t have been enough time for that). But we were all split up to go into different classrooms for 20min at a time to give our presentations. I gave four 10-12min presentations to students in Grade 9, with about 5min of Q&A and then a few min to get between classrooms.

The Cultural Aspect
Up until yesterday, I had never spoken to anyone in Sweden under 25 (aside from my colleague’s daughter). I also really enjoyed going to a Swedish Grundskola (like a junior high school for 12-15 year olds) as I wouldn’t have been able to get that experience otherwise. Continue reading “Talking to Students about Testing at a Job Mentoring Programme: Mentor Sverige”

Getting back into Toastmasters

Lately, I’ve been getting back into Toastmasters. I recently joined a club in Stockholm and am really enjoying it so far. It’s largely an expat club with over 10 nationalities (I can think of from the top of my head, there are surely more). It’s also a very popular club – it seems to me that speaking slots are highly in demand and you need to be pretty fast to sign up so you can give a speech.

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4 Tips for Working Remotely

I’ve been mainly working remotely for the past month and did a bit of remote working before Christmas. I sure can’t complain about the lack of commute, but it definitely takes some getting used to. Here are 4 things I have learned that help make working remotely a bit easier.

1. Add some sort of structure to your day

I do this by going to the gym at lunch (it’s a very short walk). This means I have a “morning slot” and an “afternoon slot” in which to do things.

2. Find a tool to help you be productive

For me, this has been something as simple as a to-do list each morning/week. I write it by hand and draw little boxes beside each one, then tick it off as it’s done. I’ve tried online Note tools etc. But they don’t work for me nowhere near as well as handwritten to-do lists.

3. Communicate with your team

We do the standard “good mornings” but I also do my best to let them know when I won’t be available (e.g. going to the gym). I don’t actually tell everyone in my team I’m going to the gym, but only those I’m directly working with. I don’t want them messaging me and having them wonder where I am.

4. Move your body

This might sound a bit strange – but I like to stand up, have a break and either go for a 10min walk around the block (weather dependent), dance to a song (this one is my favourite) or do some lunges etc. I figured people who work in an office get to move around a much bigger space than me – and sitting still all day can make me somewhat lethargic so I need to get a bit of blood pumping.