As a recent graduate, I’m still relatively new to the industry and am keen to prove that the idea of engineering and construction industry being a ‘man’s world’ is simply not the case anymore. International Women’s Day is a great platform for us to talk about what we do and show girls that the opportunities available to them are diverse, incredibly interesting and enjoyable.
At university, I acted as a STEM ambassador, which involved going into primary schools and showing children the basics of engineering by tasking them with simple and fun educational games. It’s important to show girls that they can join in with these typically male activities and particularly important to have women leading these sessions.
Having a female in a professional engineering position is a great way to relate to the children, showing them that engineers don’t just look a certain way or are a certain gender.
Last year, I judged a technical tournament for secondary school students in Leicester which provided young people with a great opportunity to ask those already in the industry questions.
I’ve not come across any difficulties or felt limited in my potential as a woman in a male dominated industry. The fears of the past are very much in the past and there are actually more women in the industry than people may think.
I feel very fortunate to have started my journey into the industry at Pick Everard, a firm that’s committed to promoting women and has female directors and a female partner who are inspiring more young people with incredible potential to achieve their best.