International Women in Engineering Day: Career advice from a graduate engineer
Rebecca Pennell is a graduate engineer with Farrans. Here are some of her top tips for the next generation considering a career in this industry, on International Women in Engineering Day 2023.
What made you pursue engineering as a career path?
I am passionate about being involved in things that make a positive impact to the world. I am also drawn to the challenge of solving problems and working with a team to achieve common goals. As a civil engineer, I get the opportunity to work on a range of projects to help improve the infrastructure of our local communities.
What does a normal day in your role involve?
I am a site-based civil engineer so a lot of my time is spent out on site overseeing works and taking measures, however there is also a portion of office-based work involving health and safety, construction management and commercial elements.
What advice would you give to females who are considering engineering as a career a path?
- Don’t be afraid to be different. Engineering is a male-dominated field, but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. In fact, your unique perspective and experiences can be an asset to your team.
- Be confident in your abilities. Believe in yourself and your skills, and don’t be afraid to speak up.
- Find a mentor. A mentor can provide you with guidance and support as you navigate your career. Look for someone who is successful in the field and who you can relate to.
- Network. There are many organisations that support women in engineering. Get involved in these organisations, learn about new opportunities, and advocate for change.
What are your future career plans?
I chose to work for Farrans because of the wide range of opportunities they offer for their graduates. It is a very inclusive organisation who have an excellent support network. I have been here for 18 months now but before I finished university, I spent a full year working on my industrial placement here. I want to become a chartered engineer, which is another reason why I chose to work for Farrans, as they offer their engineers an excellent foundation programme which sets you up towards chartership.