I Want a Job That Helps People – Engineering for Girls: was originally published at SETA Training.
Please watch brilliant talk by Patricia Galloway, where she shares how she thought she couldn’t be an engineer and how she almost didn’t become one.
She thought about herself as a creative, people person. And if it wasn’t for the school career event, she might have never notice how creative engineering can be.
So if you are still wondering if you should come to our Open Day on 10th March – this is your cue.
She touched on key points of the problem – the shortage of engineers and why girls don’t ‘do engineering’:
- Do I look like a geek? – she counters it, saying she wears high heels 85% of the time at her job.
- I want a job that helps people – she points out that engineers are the ones that not only make our everyday life possible, they also find ways to deliver luxuries we take for granted, like clean water to underdeveloped or disaster struck parts of the world.
- Public perception – can’t see past the brain of engineers, don’t see them as compassionate human, who travel to remote places and save people from disasters.
- Boring job – she mentioned she had opportunity to travel to South Pole – and that it was cool. Like, minus 50 degrees cool. But she got to breath the cleanest air on the planet.
- Are engineers good leaders? – she brings out statistic that more than 30% of CEOs of well known companies have engineering degree – Apple, Google, Facebook, Walmart,
- Discouragement – her career adviser, teachers and even her grandma kept asking her: isn’t engineering a man’s job? Which only made her more determined.
Geek stereotypes and a misunderstanding of what engineers really do has contributed to the very real, world-wide shortage of engineers. Engineer Patricia Galloway shares the list of the world’s most serious challenges, poses that engineers are the best qualified to fix them, and shares how the media and changing public perception might be good for the engineering profession and even better for the world.