What do you do?
I am a Structural Engineer and my job is making buildings stand up, that means I am responsible for designing the skeleton (frame) of buildings.
Why did you choose this field?
I'd always been interested in how stuff worked and why things were built the way they were. In school I really enjoyed, and I had an aptitude for maths and physics and so engineering seemed like a great option. I admired architecture and impressive structures such as buildings and bridges. My love for creativity, design and problem solving has formed the basis of my career.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
My bigger achievement was passing my Chartered Professional Review Exam with the Institution of Civil Engineers. After graduating from the University of Southampton, I joined the ICE as a Graduate Member and since day 1 I worked really hard to get chartered. By becoming professionally registered you are recognised as a professional and competent engineer. It demonstrates to your employer, clients and peers that you have competence against an internationally recognised standard. You also expand your professional network and improve your career prospects.
Why do you love working in STEM?
What I love about my job is solving problems and seeing the projects I have worked on become a reality – it’s so rewarding seeing your designs on paper taking shape in real life!
The best thing about my job is working as part of a team to get a building designed and built, and then going past it when it’s finished and thinking ‘I did that’.
Best advice for next generation?
That we should never give up when faced with difficulties. Getting where you want to requires hard work and dedication. There will be difficulties and obstacles along the way, but you should keep on doing what you enjoy and are passionate about. Don’t give up on your dreams! Keep doing what you enjoy the most and you will eventually meet your goals! You can become anything you want to be!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"Dreams don’t work unless you do.” And “fake it until you make it.”