“Don’t wait to be invited” was the message of the day when a group of female undergraduates and postgraduates in the Faculty of Engineering and Design took part in a confidence building and career boosting workshop delivered by WISE trainer Vanessa Boone, Founder MD of Energise, on Wednesday 25th February 2015. The workshop was energetic, fast moving and fun with the students working on interactive tasks designed to boost self confidence and give them practical experience of being proactive about raising their profile. How to be confident when speaking in public and the importance of networking were all covered during the afternoon session alongside how to be assertive, interview techniques and self promotion without cringing. The event included the opportunity for the group to practise their new found skills as the afternoon concluded with refreshments and time to network. Those attending praised the “energetic and helpful speaker”, and said they had found the event “inspiring”, “gave me lots of confidence” and that they would “use the tips to raise my profile”, “remind myself to be assertive”, “ set personal goals” and that “fear is not real”. This was the first training event organised by the WESBath student group. If you would like more information on future events and activities email email@example.com and visit the website at www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/women/society.
The quiz started with a brilliant turn out and a great reception from engineering- related degree students (males and females), so the quiz was started on a high. The WES committee rallied together as team "WESards" along with 4 other teams. We were initially welcomed by some free pizza as part of the SU and all took our seats.
The quiz consisted of 5 different categories:
TV and Film
Literature and Arts
Logos and Pictures
all of which were compiled and created by our imaginative and wonderful WES committee.
The quiz also offered the opportunity for any of those interested, to get involved and join the committee.
The evening was ended with winners announced and some yummy prizes handed out. The quiz was a great success - thank you to all those who came!
So Thursday the 12th February will hold the first social event of the University of Bath Women's Engineering Society! This means free entry, free pizza and further prizes to be won for the team who wins and the team who come up with the best name (males and females welcome!)
The event opens at 6:30pm and the quiz starts at 7pm. The quiz will consist of different engineering related categories (for example movies or music), so be prepared to think that bit more around your degree discipline.
Members and friends welcome. Teams will be put together when you arrive to get a good mix of departments, so don't worry if you're coming by yourself! This is also a great opportunity for anyone interested in joining the WES committee to get involved and sign up for some really amazing opportunities.
So join our event on Facebook and share with anyone whom might be interested, look forward to seeing you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/759774864106150/?fref=ts
On 16th October 2014 two representatives from WES Bath, Mendy and myself, attended the Teen Tech event at the Bristol Pavillion. The aim of the event was to show teenagers the wide range of topics covered by the field of engineering, and explain where a career in engineering could lead them. The event was attended by a wide range of organisations, including Rolls-Royce and Airbus, each of whom performed interactive demonstrations to 300 senior school students from local schools. The wide range of participating organisations allowed for multiple engineering disciplines to be investigated by the students who gained a greater understanding of what engineering actually entails.
The WES Bath demonstration revolved around electrical engineering and involved an mbed circuit board that could play muscial tunes, make coloured led lights flash and display text on a small, lcd screen. We began the demonstration by asking the students if they could name any areas of engineering, and the majority of the answers we received were focussed around cars, engines and planes. We explained that engineering also covered areas including designing buildings and bridges, working with chemicals and designing wind turbines as examples.
The students appeared to enjoy our demonstration, and left our stand with a greater understanding of what engineering was and which school subjects were most important for a career involving engineering. They also appeared to be more comfortable with the concept of coding which was shown to be more straightforward than they had imagined. The WES Bath stand was very well received, and we were invited to return to demonstrate again at the following Teen Tech event in London.
Just wanted to share my experience at the November 2014 WES Conference with you all. As a recent recruit to the engineering field (my first degree is in Environmental Science), I was interested in joining the ‘community’ and making some contacts. The WES Conference was an excellent forum for this with many early / mid career engineers attending, and inspirational engineers speaking. The format of the event meant that Friday dinner gave me an excellent opportunity to mingle, and exchange LinkedIn contact details. So, as a networking opportunity, I would definitely recommend attending! However, although my main purpose was to make contacts, I actually came away from the Conference having gained a lot more than that. WES recognises that to become a ‘great engineer’ requires more than just engineering ability; you need to be able to communicate, think critically, and have confidence in your abilities and what you offer to a project or organisation. To support this, the Conference offered seminars by business leaders and management specialists that gave additional skills and challenged your way of thinking by providing new ideas and perspectives. In summary then: Was the WES Conference worth attending? Absolutely, I’ll be putting my name down for next year!
Ever wondered where your engineering future could take you?
The student Women's Engineering Society (WES) were honoured to host the first Whorrod Inspirational Engineering Christmas Event at the University of Bath, including a lecture delivered by the inspirational Jenny Cane. The WES committee owe many thanks and would not have formed without the amazing support of Roger and Sue Whorrod, whom also attended the event along with Sarah Stead and Irene Turner who coordinated the whole event, Dawn Bonfield, a University of Bath alumni who is the current President of the national Women’s Engineering Society, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Kevin Edge, the University Secretary Mr Mark Humphriss, the Dean of the Faculty of Design and Engineering Professor Gary Hawley and other senior members of academic staff. We initiated the event with a buffet lunch for our senior guests and then proceeded to the lecture theatre to listen to Jenny Cane's incredible life story. Jenny Cane has undoubtedly experienced a diverse and exciting career since her MEng in Aerospace Engineer at the University of Bath. Jenny then went on to study for a PhD in Aerodynamics & Heat Transfer at Oxford University. It was Jenny’s predominant intrigue in climate change and renewable energy which then lead her to utilise her engineering skills in a career with the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines – Vestas. Following on from this, Jenny then went on to specialise in Nuclear Fusion as a renewable source of energy, at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). During the lecture, we were able to hear of Fusion and the many benefits it entails: no carbon emissions, creates no long term nuclear waste, uses an abundant fuel source and is intrinsically safe, all ideal for an increasingly energy and sustainability conscious world. Not only has Jenny succeeded in what would be regarded as an extremely respectable and remarkable career, she also highlighted her aspiration and confidence to succeed in whatever her heart desired, regardless of being a female engineer within a male-dominated environment. After the lecture, guests were then lead on to the 4E e-lounge to network with each other over some festive treats. Pictures to follow soon...
Attending the 6th annual WES conference was such a great opportunity given to me and 15 other Engineering & Design students from the University of Bath, including four of us from Elec Eng. The conference started with some inspirational talks which really warmed us up and made us feel more excited about the next day and about making a change in this world in general. The day was ended with a delicious dinner and some fun activities. The next day, we got to choose which 3 sessions to go to. One session that I found special was "Personal Presence: Communicating with impact." We got some valuable tips on how to seem more confident in meetings and interviews which is a very important thing for us to succeed in our careers.
Between the sessions we got to practice our networking skills and I even got the contact details of a person working in a company I would love to work in during my year long placement! I must admit that was really exciting. To sum it up, I think those two days were extremely beneficial and enjoyable and I would suggest that all female students should try attending one of the conferences during their 3/4 years of study.
Leen Jabban, 1st Year IMEE
On the 15th of November, 150 female students and 50 engineers (of both genders!) from across the UK converged to celebrate their shared passion of engineering and technology at Aston University during the sixth annual WES Student conference. Second only to the hosts, with 16 delegates, the University of Bath had a strong presence at the conference. This was partly thanks to the various departments in the Faculty of Engineering and Design that matched the sponsorships that were being awarded by WES Bath student group.
With ‘Engineering Inspiration’ as its motto, the conference aimed to create a dynamic environment that fosters career confidence amongst the attendees. This was accomplished through a number of panel discussions, talks and workshops that covered resources that every aspiring engineer needs in their toolkit, from roles models to career-life balancing strategies and self-awareness skills. Spanning across a number of different engineering sectors, corporations in attendance included Arup, Selex, PG and JLR to mention but a few. Not only did they advertise various opportunities available within their organisations, but they also supplied a number of early/mid career female engineers to share their experiences and provide insight into what it means to be a woman in engineering.
As one of the first student groups to be officially affiliated with WES, the WES Bath student group was given the opportunity to share the story of its journey as a means of inspiring other students to follow suit. The group chair, Mendy Mombeshora, gave a well-received talk that covered everything from the group’s inception to the activities that it has conducted so far. Following that, both the Mendy and the group secretary, Charlotte Thomas, were invited to attend a working group that featured members from other current and prospective student groups. The group was convened to discuss how WES could support student groups, the future students envisaged for affiliated groups and to provide a platform that allowed various groups to network and share their experiences.
Overall the conference proved to be a success for the University of Bath delegation, with individual students getting the opportunity to network and gain insights into their future careers and the WES Bath group forming links with other student groups from across the country and hopefully inspiring other students to form their own groups.
Chair of Student Women's Engineering Society, Bath
Monday evening we had the honour of representing WES at the Female STEM Careers reception event, taking place in the Claverton Rooms at the University. With the likes of Arup, Dyson, Schlumberger and Shell at the cross-industry reception, we were able to hear from each company about their experiences in the industry from a female's perspective; whether you were to consider raising a family, travelling the world for career prospects or looking to change department in your job. To hear at first hand some of the most inspirational and enlightening stories, it outlined the many possibilities and opportunities for women in STEM related careers. The evening then concluded with a chance to network with the recruiters and representatives of each company, to ask any further questions and find out more about their year industrial placements, internships and graduate schemes.
Last Friday I was very lucky to have attended TARGET jobs' Future Female Engineers 2014 event at the Atkins office in Bristol. TARGET jobs also supply events such as ITs not just for the boys, which are based upon a female-only attendance. These events are set up to provide female engineers (or any science related degrees) with the opportunity to network with like-minded female students and professionals in the industry. The TARGET jobs gained event partnership with some of the most prominent companies in the science and engineering sector, giving guests the chance to finally put their foot in the door and work their magic. These companies ranged from Atkins, Aecom, Laing O'Rourke, Babcock, EDF Energy, BAE Systems, National Grid, NPS Group, Cummins to DSTL.
To attend the event was not a case of signing up and making your own way there. The event was exclusive, which entailed guests to have a phone interview before hand and subsequently offered a place if they met the general requirements. Food and travel was all taken care of – I certainly felt very looked after for the day! The day consisted of key speakers such as Sarah Cruddas, key journalist in science and technology, and Kate Martin, a chartered mechanical engineer at Atkins. This was followed by a team challenge, skills sessions (the chance to meet the recruiters and hear their do’s and don’t’s of an application / interview), insider insights, a panel Q and A with leading professionals and finally a drinks networking reception to conclude the event. We were given so many opportunities with our potential employers and recruiters - always make sure you put yourself forward and take down any names or business cards!
Overall the day was so well conducted and organised! I would recommend anyone to apply - if the opportunity arises, grab it! As anyone would, I always feel apprehensive with any phone interview, but it was not at all daunting. Since the event, I have already received emails from recruiters - as such I have gained so much out of Future Female Engineers!