Today’s world has been fuelled by imagination and creativity. From the latest smartphone to the wireless music system seamlessly playing music around your home, it’s fair to say that behind every great technology, is a great engineer.
So, in celebration of National Women in Engineering Day, we want to introduce you to some of our great engineers, first up is Dora.
What age did you decide on a career in engineering?
Not until Sixth Form when I was deciding what I wanted to do when I left school. I had always enjoyed making and drawing things but I never really thought I could make a career out of it. Our careers service at school really only gave the options of civil engineering, or at the other end, graphic design or artist, none of which I wanted to do.
Were you encouraged to take up engineering?
I was encouraged by my D&T teachers who suggested Industrial Design as a degree course. It wasn’t something I’d ever heard of before but it fitted with my interests and I’m very grateful that they took the time to help me with applying to design courses at university.
Do you think more women should consider a career in engineering?
I think that women are greatly under-represented in the engineering sector, and this has been my experience as well.
There is definitely a certain stereotype of male and female engineers, and I don’t think that I fall into that! Many people don’t realise that engineering encompasses far more skills and disciplines than purely technical; it’s an exciting industry, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it, male or female?
Why did you choose a career at Pure?
I was really interested in working for a company where all the design and engineering was done in the UK, and was excited to work on new and exciting products. We also had what was probably one of the first Pure radios at home, so it was a brand I knew well.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love starting a new part of a project and thinking of all the possibilities and ideas that can be done with it. I also really like seeing all the hard work on a project transform into a product that you can hold in your hand and see going out for sale to real customers.
What advice would you give to other women considering entering the industry?
Although women are a minority in engineering at the moment, this will change. It’s more important that you enjoy what you’re doing.
Don’t just take Dora’s word for it:
“I enjoy the opportunity software engineering gives to be creative and work on cutting edge tech, as well as new ideas and better solutions. Women are great for engineering as they think differently to men, are organised and combine attention to detail, leadership, and management. Females wanting to be an engineer shouldn’t be intimidated. I would also advise them to actually pursue an engineering career and try to make a difference, since there are a lot of interesting aspects of engineering that someone can get involved in.”
As technology is improving every day, the software engineering field will always have new requirements and challenges. As a company we are already leading the way in tomorrow’s technologies. This makes the work interesting with new tasks and new goals coming every day.
Most females underestimate their potential. My advice to all the females would be to choose a career which will, firstly keep you motivated each day, secondly allow you to have a balance between family and work, and finally which will give you a platform to utilise your potential to the fullest.”
To be a part of an ever evolving industry, keep a look out on our website for opportunities: http://www.imgtec.com/careers