Graduate Engineer, Infrastructure & Environment
“After all the hard work and dedication you put into a project, you have something tangible to show for your efforts that everyone can physically see”
I never knew what I wanted to do when I was very young. I knew I wanted something that involved maths and physics and could be challenging and rewarding at the same time. I completed a polymaths course, which was purely mathematics, and it was my tutors who encouraged me to consider engineering. I was worried it would be the wrong choice for me, but it’s been better than I expected and one of the greatest choices that I have made in my life. I love that being an engineer means you can leave your mark on the world. After all the hard work and dedication you put into a project, you have something tangible to show for your efforts that everyone can physically see.
One of my biggest challenges has been moving from university life to the work place. The first time I walked into the office, I remember thinking, “I’m not going to fit in here!” however, all my doubts and fears disappeared when becoming more and more involved within the projects. I enjoy the responsibility that is entrusted to me within my job. The genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals amongst the team members truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other.
One of the biggest misconception about my job is that is it for men only. Being a female engineer is not any different to a man being an engineer because, once you are an engineer, you have exactly the same skills, and that is what matters. By having both a male and female perspective, you get the diversity you need to make the project even better. That is why I find International Women in Engineering Day a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate women’s achievements – it encourages and introduces young women to exciting career opportunities that exist in the field.
Engineering is a broad, rewarding and diverse field with so many opportunities. If you are thinking about becoming an engineer, put yourself into the role as much as you can, and you will make a difference. It makes a huge difference when you believe in what you want and if you think you can do it, then go ahead and do it. I am sure you won’t regret it!
You can view Rand’s video here.
You can also view our International Women in Engineering Day video here.