The Future Female Engineers event was an amazing day on which I got to network with senior engineers and recruiters at some of the largest firms such as Rolls Royce, AECOM, Arup and BAE Systems. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested to apply as you will learn vital skills to land your dream role as well as expand your network, with both professionals and like-minded students.
The process started with me filling out a short application form on the TARGETjobs website, after I heard about the event from being a finalist of the construction and engineering Undergraduate of the Year award last year. After this application form, I had a short telephone interview asking me about my employer preferences and what specific area of engineering I am interested in. Everyone at the TARGETjobs team was so lovely and the process was very easy at every point.
On 26 March 2021, the day was finally here! Due to Covid-19 the event was held online but this definitely did not take away from the events of the day. We all started off with an inspirational session from Kate Taylor on how to create your personal brand, something that is especially pertinent in the age of digitalisation. This was followed by a graduate Q&A in which we found out what it is really like to work at one of the event partners. After that we participated in an interactive challenge, which was split up into a team challenge and virtual assessment centre practice. In the team challenge, we were tasked to decide which objects would be a priority to save if stranded on a boat and the virtual assessment centre practice gave us a chance to practise a few competency questions and inform the recruiters of our career interests. This part of the day I found most valuable as we were able to discover the different roles that would suit us.
As a consequence of speaking to the recruiter at AECOM, I was able to connect after the event and express my interest in a variety of industrial placement roles. Many of the industrial placement roles had already been recruited for at this point in the year but, as a result of attending the event, I was fast-tracked to the final-stage interview for a tunnelling industrial placement with AECOM’s team in Birmingham. Just under a month later, I had my interview with two senior technical directors and subsequently I was offered the role! I am really grateful to both my recruiter and the team behind the Future Female Engineers event for making this a reality.
Overall, I would say everyone should just go for it and apply to this event. I would say my top tip for making the most of the day is to not be afraid to speak up and ask your questions. Best of luck to any future applicants to this event!