International Women in Engineering Day 2023
Today marks International Women in Engineering Day, celebrating its 10th year with the theme of ‘Make Safety Seen’.
International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is a global awareness campaign brought to us by the Women’s Engineering Society, which aims to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this dynamic industry.
To celebrate INWED23, Babcock International Group spoke with some of our bright and brave female employees from across the business to find out more about how they contribute to creating a safe and secure world, together.
Georgia, graduate based in New Zealand:
What would your message be to the young girls considering studying engineering?
“Do it! Do anything you want and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are, and always will be, your biggest supporter. Be the driver of your own future. If it was easy, everybody would do it. Studying engineering will provide you with a wide and complex range of skills that can help equip you for many pathways and challenges in the world because at the crux of it, you are a problem solver and anything you come across in life will have problems that need solving.”
Blessy, graduate also based in New Zealand:
What do you love about working in engineering?
“The ability to put imaginations into reality! As a graduate engineer now, I am passionate about being a design engineer in the future as my career grows.”
Maria, Engineering Director in Marine:
What is the favourite part of your job?
“My current role has two main components – management and technical. Managing people is very rewarding even though it can be difficult at times, but seeing young engineers grow and develop in their career is amazing. On the technical side, the feeling of seeing the ship you have designed being built and sailing cannot be described.”
Marija, Mechanical Engineer based in Canada:
What advice would you give other women considering a career in engineering?
“Do it! Engineering is a hard degree but it’s worth it. There are so many different types of engineering jobs in industry to choose from. Stay positive, don’t give up and ask a lot of questions. Find a good mentor and have fun!”
Ciara, Project Manager based in Northern Ireland:
What is your favourite part of your job?
“My favourite part of working as an Engineer is the variety of different projects. I have been afforded the opportunity to work across many exciting sectors including utilities, commercial hi-rise, historic buildings and more recently rail. I enjoy the requirement of continued learning, meeting new people and travelling.”
Ciara has been nominated for the Local Hero (Northern Ireland) category in the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction Awards. If you would like to vote for Ciara to win the award, you can register here then select ‘judge’ and ‘vote’.
Thank you for sharing your stories, and thanks to all of our engineers for your continuous efforts, hard work, and commitment to delivering exceptional services for our customers.
To find out more about INWED visit their website.