It’s international women in Engineering day! We’re proud to have fantastic female engineers on our team and this year we want to encourage more young women into engineering by putting the spotlight on one of our youngest women in Engineering Louise Naylor.
Lou has found her own route into engineering and is working as a junior technician on her level 3 Btech in Civils and Construction Engineering and we’re so pleased shes studying while working as part of our team!
How did you get into engineering?
When I was school and college there wasn’t any information about engineering as a career choice and it wasn’t something I knew anything about. After looking at the options, I decided to start a career in early years childcare and started working in a nursery when I was 18. A career in education was something I saw a lot of girls my age doing and because there was so little information about other careers, I decided I would take that route too.
I worked hard and so I made a good impression, but it wasn’t what I was passionate about and in terms of progression, I didn’t feel like I could have the kind of career I wanted in that industry. Luckily, I met up with Tyler Jones, we have known each other for a long time, and he knew I really wanted to have a job where I could keep building up my skills and with opportunities for the future. He suggested engineering and that’s how it all started!
What are the biggest challenges you face as a female engineer?
One of the biggest challenges I found when I was starting out was people outside of the industry assuming engineering wasn’t a realistic career for a woman. When I was encouraged to join Struktura, it showed me that being a woman shouldn’t stop anyone taking a role in engineering and I would be joining a company that really supports women and their part in the future of the industry. My advice would be, look seriously at the details of a course in engineering and decide for yourself if it’s something you would enjoy and be willing to work hard for.