Last week, Dr Anna Fraszczyk and I had the privilege of attending one of the celebrations for 100 years of Women in Engineering through the Institute of Civil Engineers, North East branch in Newcastle, UK. The discussion at the event centred on the achievements of women making their way in a male dominated field. Female engineers from students to experienced professionals spoke about how they have developed their career and some of the tools they have used to succeed.
Amazingly, many work sites just 40 years ago when one of the engineers started her career, did not have a female toilet. As a result, this engineer applied for more than 75 jobs after graduating because companies were unable to offer the facilities for the most basic needs and were reluctant to employ a woman. Other engineers through out all stage of their career discussed mentoring as a key tool to assist their career development. Professional organisations had a key role in connecting women with mentors, supporting women and providing opportunities to network and make connections.
As a Rail Talent Ambassador, I am interested in mentoring and how it can assist members of the Rail Talent network connect with other professionals to enhance their career. If you are interested in being mentored or becoming a mentee, I would be pleased to hear from you.
Until next time
“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell
Dr Janene Piip
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