What is your current Job Title or Role?
Senior Mechanical Engineer (Building Services Consultant)
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Take maths and at least 1 science at A-level. Try to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as Headstart (Engineering) or work experience. Work experience will help you realise where your interests lie.
How did you get to where you are today?
I did maths, chemistry and physics at A-level then went on to Cardiff University to study mechanical engineering (BEng), after my first year I was invited onto the MEng. Course. If you are planning on going into engineering it is a good idea to get your masters done at the beginning of your career. As many of my colleagues will attest to, it is very challenging to gain further degrees while working at the same time.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
What I do on a daily basis varies a lot which keeps my job interesting. When in the office I am usually putting together reports or overseeing production of drawings & calculations. Out of the office I am attending project meetings or visiting building sites for survey or inspection. No matter what level you get to, there are always problems to solve and lots to learn and develop.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
A career in engineering means being able to make a difference to the way something works. In my case, this is building systems. There are environmental aspects such as reducing a building’s CO2 emissions, creating a comfortable internal environment, and coming up with innovative ways to provide the building systems. A less romantic answer to this (but still important) is job stability and a good salary. There will always be jobs in STEM because there is a large gap in the job market.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working on projects that will really make a difference to the occupants’ quality of life, for example schools, hospitals, care homes to name a few. Being able to work on a project where the energy usage and carbon emissions are top priority is also enjoyable due to the challenges and opportunity for innovation.
What do you like to do outside work?
I have just come back to work from maternity leave so a lot of my time outside of work is currently spent with my daughter. Engineering is a career where is it possible to create a good life/work balance.