Girls in Engineering

On 10 September 2014, three inspirational female engineers did a presentation in school to encourage girls to consider engineering as a career. The presentation was attended by 34 students form years 9, 10 and 11. Two of the presenters were former students and the engineering areas covered were:

  • Mechanical engineering – including automotive engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

Below are quotes from our students who attended the presentation.

‘The engineering presentation was really interesting and it was great to hear from some female engineers. I learnt a lot about types of engineering that interest me. I never knew that there were so many engineering courses you can study at University and that you get to go out and work for a company in that course. The presentation opened my eyes to different engineering careers that I hadn’t really considered.’

‘I did find the engineering talk very interesting because I learnt about the different aspects there are to engineering. By attending the session I have learnt that there is a shortage of engineers in Britain. I have learnt about the company Airbus and also that there is a huge variety of jobs in engineering. This has helped me because I will think of engineering as a possible career option, whereas I wouldn’t have before.’

‘I really enjoyed the talk from the three engineers, they told us lots about what options there are with engineering which I found really helpful. I learnt that engineering isn’t all about building cars etc, there are a lot of other things to do with it. I think since hearing the talk from the engineers I’m definitely going to look into medical engineering as it sounds like something that might interest me.’

‘I found it very interesting and extremely informational as it gave me first-hand information from engineers, and gave me the chance to ask questions that I had after my own research into engineering. I learnt that there are lots of different types of engineering and that there are multiple ways to get into each industry rather than just taking a specific university course in that subject. As for career planning, I am still undecided on what I want to do, but now that I have more information it will be very useful when I further consider my career path.’

‘I found the presentation really interesting because I discovered there were many more options than I thought. I learnt that there are hundreds of different courses and also that it best not to specialise in a specific thing, keeping your options open can be really rewarding. I am now definitely thinking about going to University.’

‘I found it very interesting because I’ve always been unsure on career choices and I really like the sound of engineering. I didn’t realise there was so many options of choices which I really enjoyed hearing about it.’

‘I found the session very interesting because it gave me a chance to see how engineering has influenced the lives of other women and how it is not just a career choice set for men.’

‘I learnt that there are so many different denominations within Engineering and that there is pretty much something that anyone would enjoy. This means that it has completely changed my perspective of engineering and now it is something that I would want to strongly consider now. I would also recommend it to people to check out engineering and all the benefits of it.’

‘I found this session interesting because it was an insight into the engineering business through a woman’s perspective and the ways to deal with problems you may face were addressed in a useful way. In this session I learnt that there are many different ways to get into engineering and in one course there are many different jobs that you can achieve. I think that the session has influenced me into thinking more about what type of engineering I would like to do, and how I could still become a teacher if I had an engineering degree.’