What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
When I started the graduate scheme, I didn’t expect that I’d be able to be involved in so much volunteering, so that was an unexpectedly huge plus in my eyes. In addition, I had no idea how many systems actually go inside an aircraft to actually get it off the ground, and how many of these systems are built by GE.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
I didn’t really have a major role model growing up, but I was always interested in technology and designing. I loved the Gadget Show. Several women in STEM such as Suzi Perry and Carol Vorderman definitely served as inspirations growing up.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Geomag, Lego (which engineer wouldn’t say Lego??) and puzzle games like Screwball Scramble but I loved Barbie and Polly Pocket too!
Your favourite subjects at school?
Physics, Maths and languages
For GCSE the main subjects, plus triple science, electronics, Spanish, French, ICT, Geography… for A Level, Chemistry, Physics and Maths.
Your reason for choosing this career?
I was lucky enough to be able to study Electronics at school up to GCSE and found it fascinating. I was so upset when I found out that I was unable to continue this for A Level so instead went for Maths and Physics. After two university residential courses with the Smallpeice Trust and a trip to the Gadget Show Exhibition at the NEC, I knew I wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know what type. A lot of deliberation back and forth got me back to electronic.
Tell me about your career path to date?
A Levels in Chemistry, Physics and Maths -> Electronic Engineering at university -> Year in industry at GE Oil and Gas -> Final year at uni -> Graduate scheme at GE Aviation, rotations in FPGA verification, Sustainment Engineering Data Analytics and Cybersecurity
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
Can I say I would still love to be designing roller coasters? On an episode of the Apprentice recently, they were able to do this, and I was SO jealous! Now that I know what would actually go into designing roller coaster and the different processes and types of engineering involved however, I definitely want to stick to what I’m doing!
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Try everything! Don’t let any barriers stand in your way. I was the only girl in my Maths and Physics A Levels, and one of 2 in my degree subject – I always tried to be the loud one and it definitely paid off!