What is your current Job Title or Role?
Mechanical Engineer
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
If you want to get involved in a STEM career, don't be put off by the technicalities. There are plenty routes to get to where you want to, and there are plenty variations within STEM careers.
How did you get to where you are today?
I never knew what I wanted to do when I was at school. I thought about architecture but didn't like maths. So I took A Levels in Psychology, English Literature and Music (and ART AS) and applied to be a Primary School teacher. I didn't do very well in my A Levels and that was when I made the slightly rogue decision to do a Foundation Degree in Engineering. That was the best decision I have ever made. I then went on to do my Degree at the University of the West of England, Bristol and then moved to Plymouth and joined Babcock on the Graduate Scheme in 2017.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I work in the production team on one of the Royal Navy's vessels, I have a small team of Mechanical Fitters and I organise work for them. It's great fun and very rewarding, every day is different and full of engineering challenges.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
Whilst I was growing up I was always interested in how things worked and 'why' (my favourite childhood word). Working as an engineer means I can ask those questions everyday, and sometimes, answer them myself!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
My favourite part of my role is working with fascinating people. Everyone has a different take and opinion on how things should be done and everyone is so passionate about what they do. But also, as I mentioned earlier, I love being inquisitive. I am constantly learning and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.
What do you like to do outside work?
I love being outdoors. Skiing is my all time favourite sport, but with the lack of mountains and snow in Plymouth, I also enjoy kayaking, walking, running, cycling and I'm trying (and failing) to surf. But anything new and exciting with friends appeals to me, apart from paintballing, don't ask me to go paintballing.