Future female engineers

Stephanie Leaver

I secured my graduate job with BAE Systems after meeting them at Future Female Engineers

Attending the Future Female Engineers event was a great way to meet like-minded people and gain real insights into the careers of women who have reached the top of their industries. The application process involved a telephone interview, which was much less scary than it sounded. As long as you can demonstrate a passion for engineering and women in STEM, there’s really nothing to worry about. All of the team at TARGETjobs were really friendly and helpful, which made the application and event itself feel relaxed.

What to expect from the day

The day of the event started with an empowering talk about building your personal brand; this was a great way to get motivated and get us talking about our goals. The group activity then gave us a chance to work in a team with a recruiter from one of the participating companies. This was a fun challenge that involved working together to solve a problem – good practice for the types of challenges we could be given at assessment centres.

I was happy to be placed in the BAE Systems group as it meant I had the opportunity to listen to the recruiter talk us through the graduate scheme and application process, then give us some tips for being successful. The notes I took during this session and the questions I asked turned out to be really useful when I later progressed in my application to BAE Systems.

The benefits of attending Future Female Engineers

As well as talking to the recruiters, we had the chance to network with current graduates from the companies. It was nice to hear their perspectives on the application processes and how they were enjoying their roles. I felt reassured knowing that they had gone through the same stages as me and had been successful. The final part of the day was a question and answer panel with successful women from the engineering industry. Hearing them talk about their successes and the challenges that they have overcome was really inspiring.

The day as a whole was full of excellent opportunities to ask questions to recruiters, graduates and successful female engineers. It gave me valuable insights into what companies are looking for in candidates. I left the event feeling more confident about my applications and excited for what I could achieve in the future. I would recommend it to anyone studying a STEM subject and encourage students to share it with their course mates.

What happened after the event?

Following the event, I progressed through the stages of the BAE Systems application process and was invited to attend an assessment centre. I felt more prepared for this because of the information I had taken away from the event and looking through my notes was reassuring as I knew what to expect from the assessment day. I have since accepted a place on their Graduate Development Framework in the Operations/Manufacturing & Production – Air department!

In my career I hope to have opportunities to encourage other young women to join the industry, and I would certainly encourage them to attend events such as Future Female Engineers in order to gain confidence and valuable insights.