Future Female Engineers

Saskia Watts

The application process was very straightforward: a form to fill out with personal details and the opportunity to explain why you would be a suitable candidate to attend the event. This was then followed up with a telephone interview. Lasting around 15 minutes, it comprised an informal discussion about yourself, your career aspirations and your passion for engineering.

The event was organised into sections: introduction talks in the morning, then moving onto a team challenge, then a chance to speak to representatives from two companies in a small group about CV writing and an opportunity to ask any questions related to applying for a job.

I gained a lot of useful information from the day but some of the most relevant tips included what company recruitment departments actually read when they receive your CV and the things they don’t want to know about! I found it interesting that the majority of the points raised contradicted what I had found on general ‘CV writing tips’ websites. I was able to then re-write my CV and was confident to send it back to TARGETjobs to forward to the relevant companies that were at the event.

Following the event, I was contacted by Kier Group, offering to search for a summer placement or work experience at an office near to my home. I was then able to get back to them with my preference of sector to work in within their company and was subsequently offered a summer placement.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this event to other students; it’s a great opportunity to find out more about working in an engineering workplace as a woman and provides the chance to find out more about the companies represented at the event that you may wish to pursue jobs or work experience with in the future.

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