Ochie Karen Ifeoma
Planning Engineer Intern / ExxonMobil
Develop a trait of tenacity and an early interest in STEM.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
It's very interesting and enlightening. I get to liase with top management towards organizing the company's plans. I am one of the two women in my team and the first female intern ever in my team, this encourages me that it is possible to be whatever I choose despite my gender and that attaining the peak in my career as an engineer is a reality.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I choose this field because my cousin was doing it and then it seemed difficult. I realised I really loved being an engineer when I started majoring in Petroleum engineering. Being a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers has also exposed me to the plethora of opportunities available for me and having positive mentors has constantly helped me to break the glass ceiling.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I wish a younger me would have gotten into programming and coding, creating more opportunities for myself. I also wish I started working on research and publishing technical papers earlier.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love working with STEM because it has afforded me the opportunity to contribute to the world around via my intellect. I look forward to waking up everyday to make an impact in what ever environment I find myself and impact the younger generation positively.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Develop a trait of tenacity and an early interest in STEM. It might seem difficult but it's not impossible.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, make today count.”