I found out about the Future Female Engineers event through a friend at university. I remember my friend telling me how it would help me feel more comfortable with the idea of being the only female on the construction site and how it would further motivate me for a career in construction.
At the start of the day, we were put in our groups and had a good chat and all the nerves disappeared. A speech from an empowerment coach, Kate Taylor, about personal branding and ‘being unapologetic’, put a smile on my face and I was ready for the rest of the day. I was put in the Skanska group where I met a recruiter. She detailed how best to approach the telephone interview, assessment day and initial application. These tips helped me secure my internship with Skanska. Before the event, I was handing out my CV and applying to everyone to try and gain an internship. After the event I realised how important it was to agree with the company ethics and how important it was for the person to be suited to the company. Also, by meeting the recruiter I realised how much I wanted to work for Skanska. This really helped me as, when I went to the assessment day, I just kept thinking, ‘I already know someone, and she was lovely so I have nothing to worry about.’ It really helped! Getting all the details before made me even more prepared for my interview. Also, knowing all the details about the graduate scheme impressed the graduates during my internship.
During my internship, I remembered advice I was given by a speaker during the Future Female Engineers event, ‘it’s okay to say no if you don’t feel comfortable with a job’. During the internship, I was inclined to do every job which was offered, but I remember I felt uncomfortable with one job where I had to go and hang a sign in a cabin where there were around 60 men. I just didn’t want to walk in, so I went and asked the graduate to do it, feeling bad. However, just by asking him to do that I felt so much more confident on site and all the pieces of advice I was given really helped and went through my head.
I would definitely recommend this event to anyone who wants a career in engineering. From all the tips from the recruiters to the advice senior engineers gave, everything helped. This event is the reason I secured an internship and I’m grateful I was able to attend the event!