Sharon Jones

Eagle Lab Engineer, Barclays Eagle Labs


Do what you love!

What do you do?

My main responsibility is to facilitate use of digital fabrication equipment for rapid prototyping and to provide workshops to demystify tech for businesses.

Why did you choose this field?

This is my second career. After 19 years as a primary educator, I was ready for a new challenge and had the opportunity to learn about 3d printers and got hooked! I was attracted to additive manufacturing because I could see everyone was learning new things together, so my age and gender made no difference. Suddenly I was able to use the graphical communication GCSE I gained to support with CAD design and more.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I was named in the Telegraph WE50 top women in engineering in 2018. I never expected to get national recognition and want to support others in pursuing fulfilling careers.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the variety and challenges of my role. Knowing that a methodical approach will yield results and that I can help others to innovate and improve the world.

Best advice for next generation?

Do what you love! There are so many different facets of science, maths, engineering and technology and they need a female perspective to give a balanced view of our world.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“At its heart engineering is about using science to find creative practical solutions. It’s a noble profession.” – Queen Elizabeth II

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