My presentation is all about the different disciplines in engineering, the skills needed, my career as a Civil Engineer and my love of construction. I also talk about tons of super cool engineering innovations to spark some interest in the students (see a few examples below). I discuss the struggles I had in college with academics, give some advice to students who are interested in pursuing an engineering career and encourage them to embrace the unlimited opportunities available to them in the field of engineering. I was also the only woman on a panel of engineers in the afternoon who all discussed our careers. One of the men spoke highly of the need for diversity and different point of view women in engineering can offer. It was a great day and I was proud to be a part of it!
One female student asked me to do a job shadow day with her and I told her anytime and gave her my business card. I love sharing the excitement and passion I have for my career in engineering and construction. Please think about talking about your career at a local school, whatever it may be, as students need to hear from professionals and be encouraged to follow their interests! I usually do these presentations in late Feb or early March right around Engineers Week and WIC Week, but you can get involved any time of year at a local school to talk about your career.