Earlier this summer we launched a new social ambassador programme. We wanted to work with women who are changing the world, standing out, women that we admire very much. Be it for their fantastic talents, the way that they challenge us all to be better, or because of their outlook on life. Today we’re talking about Ilaina Khairulzaman.
If you don’t know Ilaina Khairulzaman, you must be living under a rock. She’s a GirlCrew founding member, repeal activist, meme Queen and one our Irish Social Ambassadors. Ilaina is one of the sweetest people in the world but is also down to earth and works incredibly hard. Not too long ago, Ilaina was featured in our blog about Inspiring Women of Ireland. However, sometimes even the strongest people struggle. And when a recent job search wasn’t going to plan she decided to do something different and used social media to find her dream job.
How did your social media help with landing your dream job?
My social media campaign started because I was getting frustrated by the lack of responses, part of the reason was me feeling like my foreign name was getting in the way. Another part because I knew the sci-comm community was pretty small in Ireland. [So]it would be a good way to make some new friends and connections – plus they’re so supportive! It went well, I met some amazing people. One of them forwarded me on the job with Sense about Science and said some good things about me (thanks Shaun!!!) and I emailed them and got the interview. My boss said they were already aware of me because of the Twitter campaign! I wouldn’t have been on the radar in sci-comm at all if not for the social media campaign, and while it’s a little cringe now, I’m glad I did it.
Shaun is an amazing science communicator and does such important work especially with House of STEM which aims to increase the visibility of the LGBTQ+ STEM community and highlight the issues the LGBTQ+ STEM community face in STEM as a field. Check out House of Stem.
How did you find out about GirlCrew?
I was living in Carlow for my first 9 months in Ireland, and then moved to Dublin and didn’t know anyone. I found GirlCrew on Tinder pretty much the first week I moved to Dublin. At first, I thought ye were a catfish! But I checked out the website etc and thought why not?!
Why did you want to become a social ambassador for GirlCrew?
I thought it would be a good way to give back to GirlCrew. I’ve made a lot of really good friends through GirlCrew and have had great experiences, my favourite being the coffee crawls, and my entire social life is made up of people I’ve met through GirlCrew. You’ve done a lot for me and have been a great support and I think everyone else should get the same kind of experience that I’ve had.
Ilaina has now found her dream job as a coordinator for Young Science Ireland and recently presented to UK Parliament on the importance of evidence. Dunno about you, but we are #inspired.
We picked a small number of ambassadors from within our community who we think are killing it personally and professionally. These amazing women share our core values of ” Be a friend, be an ally, be the brave”. Download the GirlCrew app here. Want to know about our other #SocialAmbassadors? Check out Emma Langford, Nerissa Mareeh, and Theo + George.