Nalise Hahn reviews TARGETjobs’ Future Female Engineers events and how it helped her become Mace’s next Sustainability Graduate!
Future Female Engineers stood out as an opportunity to meet like-minded students wishing to build their professional network while also consulting known industry professionals within the engineering sector.
How I applied
The application process for the event was simple and transparent, with numerous hints and tips on how to answer the questions in the online form and phone interview – it was obvious they wanted you to do well! All the communication I received was prompt and encouraging, with clear details regarding the next stage and what to expect on the day.
Experiences on the day
The event ran very smoothly, starting off with a get-to-know-each-other session, run by speaker and writer Kate Taylor, about creating your own ‘personal brand’ – surprisingly I learned as much about myself as I did about the women next to me! After hearing about creating my personal brand to stand out in the industry I had the opportunity to meet in a small group with graduate recruiters from companies attending the event, who walked me through their application processes. They were able to answer a lot of the questions we asked – the advice about how to secure a role in the engineering sector was really useful when applying for graduate roles.
My favourite part of the day was the ‘insider insights’ networking drinks with graduates and industry professionals from engineering companies. They gave me an invaluable understanding of their companies’ culture, progression within their companies and how they had succeeded in reaching their current roles. One graduate even offered to help me tailor my CV to industry expectations.
Job application success
This event helped me to network with some of the best individuals at leading engineering firms, as well as letting me hear how women in the industry have succeeded. After the event, I was able to tailor my applications more accurately to Arup, AECOM and Mace, who were all present on the day. I mentioned that I had attended Future Female Engineers in all my applications, which I felt made me stand out as an individual who was actively seeking personal and professional development.
Following the event, I progressed onto the next stage of the selection process for all the companies I applied to. Some companies told me that I had been fast-tracked due to attending Future Female Engineers. During my interview at Mace I was able to talk about how the event helped me to understand the growing expectations within the construction and engineering industry and how I, as an individual, would be able to meet them. I built my personal brand after the event and demonstrated this successfully during my interview.
During the final stage at the assessment centre at Mace I had to work together with other applicants to solve complex challenges while remaining professional, and was able to use the skills I gained during the Future Female Engineers team challenge. I also had to do an individual presentation on the day, and used the advice given to me during the panel discussion at Future Female Engineers to sell my ideas and myself as an engineer to the sustainability director, resulting in me being offered a place as a sustainability graduate!
I would recommend the event to any female student who is considering a career in the engineering sector. Not only will they stand out in applications, they will gain universal skills and an unrivalled opportunity to secure and further their career.