Initiatives such as the PWC will hopefully tackle the challenges that face the generations of women after us. In a world, where some of the most powerful leaders are women, I think it’s about time that our industry recognises that we can manage businesses, people and projects whilst doing our jobs as well as the nearest man. We may be different, but we are just as capable and just as valuable. We just need the opportunity!
The term “engineer” might conjure up images of boiler suits and steel-toed safety boots, black fingernails and a spanner hanging out of a back pocket.
But life just isn’t like that for me. Yes, I do own those boots and I sometimes wear them at customer sites, but my daily life involves a pair of high heels and a laptop bag (with a screwdriver in my designer handbag).
I have a great life at my own admission...
So here are my top three tips to the girls out there:
- Try things out and don’t let others push you back. There are so many options-take internships, talk to women in technical roles and also visit FIRST events.
- Being an engineer doesn’t mean being a man. Be a girl, and you will be the one to bring different things to the party.
- Being an engineer is a sensible job! It’s actually as cool as Selena Gomez or Gigi Hadid. It’s not a boy’s job and you are everything else than silly in following such a role.
If you want to hear more from me and how I got the job I wanted, just send me an email or contact me on LinkedIn or read more about the culture of inclusion at Rockwell Automation.