I have been familiar with events organised by TARGETjobs for some time, after previously attending the final of Undergraduate of the Year in Canary Wharf. When I received an email inviting me to apply for Future Female Engineers, I immediately thought that as a final-year female civil engineering student, it would be a perfect fit for me. I applied and following an enjoyable telephone interview, which was more like a friendly chat, I was invited to attend the event on 5 November 2018. It was held at the Arup headquarters in London. I navigated my way there in the morning and arrived with plenty of time to spare, as did many other girls attending the event. As I was familiar with the area, I decided to walk from St Pancras station to the office, which was relatively simple to find.
The day commenced with a welcome from the TARGETjobs team and moved swiftly onto the guest speaker. Kate Taylor advised us all about developing our own personal brand and the most effective methods of marketing ourselves in order to succeed. She motivated us to make the most of our opportunities on the day and settled us into networking over lunch. This was a great way to meet the other participants and hear about their experiences so far, especially while waiting in the line for food!
Next we were divided into teams of approximately ten people to complete the team challenge. Our aim was to work together to design and build a prototype solution to protect a spacecraft cabin and its passengers when dropped from a height of two metres. We came to a collective conclusion and debated the most effective solution with the materials we were permitted to utilise, keeping an eye on the cost and durability of the design. This was a great way to make more new contacts and extend our interpersonal skills. It was also a means of displaying teamworking skills to the employers.
The ‘How to get hired’ session followed and was extremely useful for understanding what companies look for in prospective recruits. It provided a great head start in applications for graduate and placement opportunities. ‘Insider insights’ was a wonderful means of meeting recent graduates who described their experience applying for jobs and how they are finding working life. The panel discussion provided the opportunity to hear from senior female representatives about their life and how they had achieved everything they had done so far!
Networking drinks time made an excellent way to end the day, as it allowed participants to secure their final contacts and perhaps communicate with representatives of employers with whom they previously did not get a chance to speak.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Future Female Engineers and would recommend it to all women who want to further their career prospects, find out about suitable opportunities for them and meet like-minded fellow engineers.