Graduate Engineer, Structures
“There is no reason a woman should ever hesitate to take a career in engineering because the industry is an evolving, exciting and inclusive sector for everyone to work in”
When I was younger, I was lucky enough to go on some amazing holidays to Europe, places like Rome. The buildings left me in awe and I was amazed at what could be achieved through engineering and architecture. When deciding my GCSE and A-Level options, I started to think about a career and what subjects I enjoyed the most and was good at, such as maths and physics. What really clinched it for me was a seminar about the Olympic Stadiums and a talk about the ‘Pringle Roof’ on one of the stadiums. I was fascinated how they had chosen the shape and design, the advantages and the whole methodology behind it.
I felt some expectations to work in the industry because my dad works in construction, so it’s always something that’s talked about at home. It’s been a natural progression and so far, everything is as I have expected. The more time I spend in it, the more exciting options I see available, the industry is evolving all the time and it’s exciting.
Meeting deadlines for projects is the biggest deadline I’ve faced so far. I’m working towards getting my chartership as fast as possible, so I’m looking forward to the challenge. The most rewarding aspect of my job is the people I work with. Team work is so important and I work with a great group of people. Day to day we bounce ideas off each other, if you have a question you can just ask, it’s a fun environment to work in.
My main achievement throughout my engineering life had been graduating from Loughborough University and being offered a fulltime job at Waterman. It was a culmination of five years hard work at university, work experience and completing a summer placement with Waterman Structures, whereby I gained a place on the sponsorship scheme. It has really paid off and earnt me a door into my future career.
I find that one of the most common misconceptions within engineering is that I’m sat at my desk crunching numbers on a day to day basis. Whilst maths is important, I work within a team where there’s lots of communication and problem solving. It’s very dynamic and you’re regularly going to site and various meetings.
During my placement year, I sat on a panel representing different of genders, generations, levels and disciplines across the construction industry to discuss Women in Property. I loved the experience and it was really interesting to hear people’s different points of views, it was all really positive and the feedback from the audience was great as well. I hope to do more now I am back in the working world as a graduate.
It’s important to celebrate where women are in the industry right now, all the successes we’ve had and where we’re going in the future. It draws attention to the options for young women and girls, at all levels, and breaks down those stereotypes of male and female jobs. Women in Engineering Day shows that engineering is for everyone and anybody can be successful in it. I always tell people to “got for it!” when they ask about starting a career in engineering. It’s been nothing but positive and the opportunities for everyone are fantastic. There is no reason a woman should ever hesitate to take a career in engineering because the industry is an evolving, exciting and inclusive sector for everyone to work in.
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You can also view our International Women in Engineering Day video here.