What do you do?
I am a member of the engineering team within civil engineering projects. I am based on construction sites and my role is a mix between management and technical. I am involved with looking at the technical issues on site, commercial and contractual parts of the project and on-site management of Health and Safety, Environmental and Quality aspects.
Why did you choose this field?
I always had an interest in Maths and took Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A-Level. I wanted to enter a career that involved these subjects. I am also an extrovert and so wanted to be an industry that also involved people. I happened by chance to speak to a family friend about his career which was Civil Engineering. As soon as he described it I knew I wanted to learn more. I then rang up local Civil Engineering companies and managed to get myself a month worth of work experience over the summer. It was during this month that I fell in love with Construction and knew it was the industry for me.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I think it has been the level of responsibility I have been given by my managers. Especially when getting involved in the delivery of these projects in time critical elements. The adrenaline and buzz it gives is like nothing else.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I do not think there is one particular reason why I love working in STEM but I know the people around me say that when I talk about what I do they can tell how much I enjoy it. Everyday brings a new challenge with it and it is the joy of overcoming these challenges. It is also being able to see the actually project develop in front of you.
Best advice for next generation?
There is such a variety of jobs in STEM and each of them rewarding in their own way. Don't let the fear of potentially being the only woman in the room stop you.
There is nothing stopping you pursuing a career in STEM!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Well-behaved women seldom make history” - Ulrich