What is your current Job Title or Role?
Marine Engineer
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
If you are interested the best advice I can give you is go for it. You are the only one who chooses who and what you want to be. Go to the events you can possibly go to. Ask all the questions you need there is no such thing as a stupid question, we have probably heard them all before. If you are not sure if it's 100% for you, ask for work experience in a company. Never listen to people if they say you can do it. If it's what you want to do never take NO as an answer. Everyone on here has been where you are and knows how hard it is, we are all here to help on anyway we can even if its just talking through something small. Just remember you are good enough for everything and anything.
How did you get to where you are today?
When I was younger my father was in the navy and was away from home a lot, when he came back family was allowed on the submarine to walk around and experience what they had been doing for months. I can't lie I did push alot buttons I shouldn't have on those days! From then on I always knew I couldn't just sit down and be behind a desk all day, that might be for some people but it wasn't for me. I've always done things with my hands, even if its small crafty bits. When I was at school i was not the smartest in subjects and did get told I would not get far in engineering from several teachers, the only two teachers who believed in me was my engineering tutor and my Maths tutor. The last year of my school both of them put so much effort in to help me get on to the course I needed before an apprenticeship. I became an apprentice at Princess Yachts, I studied hard and worked hard. I became an ambassador for females in engineering at Princess Yachts, I attended any and all open days they had to promote females in engineering. I became a mentor to a female apprentice a few years below me. I graduated from princess yachts September 2018 and was one of 5 females in the marine industry for the year.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
My daily basis changes each day. I build the S65 engine room at Princess Yachts. One day I can be wiring a control box and the next I can be fitting fuel tanks or an engine. It can change so I never really know what I'm going to be doing until I'm actually in work.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
The people who inspired me to follow my dreams and get into STEM is my family and friends. Because no matter how hard things were and got they were always there supporting me and backing me all the way.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
My role is very exciting and rewarding. It's an amazing feeling knowing that you are building something that someone else is going to enjoy for years and it's their pride and joy. It's also being able to promote females in engineering and helping at the open days for support and understand and help them through the process before.
What do you like to do outside work?
Outside of work I am into arts and crafts, baking. Being creative and spending time with my family, friends and partner.