We now have a twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook account. The reason behind the development and creation of all these social media accounts allows us to reach out to a larger group of people, and other organisations. We will be able to promote our events, and be able to contact other organisations to see inf they would like to partner and work together (potentially).
As many and almost all the T-GO will not be here next year, it absolutely vital to handover T-GO to ensure the continuation of T-GO and the Career Fair. Ben contacted us, saying he would be interested in taking over the Career Fair, and making sure that it happens next year. After a few conversations the current leadership team and Ben, decided that it would be best if he took over T-GO as a whole. Ben has now become a part of the current leadership team, and we are looking for new members that will make up the CORE team for next year. A few have shown interest, and it's great to see that T-GO will continue even after we have graduated. The pictures in the slideshow are notes from our meeting or messages we have sent out to look for new members.
While it has been great to have Ben step up to take over T-GO, there have been a few challenges that we have encountered. Firstly, we realised right away that we would need a strong core team that is dedicated and passionate about gender equality. We plan on keeping a small team with an inclusive leadership approach, when the idea of consensus takes importance over hierarchal leadership roles. People have asked if there are any "leadership" openings, and frankly i don't know how to respond, primarily because the leaders aim to create a structure for the other members, that enables them to empower themselves. Mariana and I were leaders this year because we stepped up to it, not because we were elected, but because it works. I would hope that the spirit and culture of T-GO is able to transcend into next year, and that we don't turn into a large group with a hierarchal sense of power, because the sense of community is jeopardised. I'm glad that Ben has understood how T-GO functions and want to maintain it's current culture and tradition.
Another unexpected problem we ran into was the fact that we actually need more girls in T-GO, because the people that have shown interest in being members next year are mostly boys. I didn't think we'd ever come to a point, when T-GO would need more girls to be truly feminist, because gender equality isn't solely a woman's problem. Some potential new members have expressed that it doesn't make sense for a male to lead T-GO. While I do understand that having a female leader makes the service and interaction more authentic, I believe that we should encourage males to be a part of the movement, because the fight for gender equality isn't limited to a certain gender.
I was contacted by Under the Same Sun's representative, and they enquired about internships. I gave them my contact details during the preparation for the Career Fair, and they called asking if I could help find internships or jobs for the recent graduates. I was unable to find an jobs or internships for the graduates, which led me onto think that while we did advocate for untraditional careers, we never really presented an opportunity or structure to support the students in reaching their full potential. An improvement of add-on for next year would be to hold a job fair as well, so that we are also able to directly influence change rather than stop at advocating. The logistics for this would be much harder to figure out, because it requires a lot more commitment from the professionals that will be attending the career fair.