Dated: 8 January 2013
What have you got in mind this year?
Healthier Lifestyle… Work harder … Lose weight… Get a job… Get promoted… Pay rise… Make more friends? We all welcome the New Year in our own way. We set Goals … and higher hopes and expectations just follow. January is a funny time as some of you are very trying to focus on exams when others are looking for opportunities to develop.
But I am taking this chance to reflect on myself. Where I stand and how I can improve. And this time I am ready to
Be inspired and inspire others.
First of all I would like to thank Claire Gott for agreeing to give a quick insight into her views about Engineering and what it is like to be a role model for young engineers.
Claire is an exceptional young female engineer who has witnessed several achievements in a very short course of time. She graduated from the University of Southampton in year 2010 and has been working as Graduate Structural Engineer at WSP UK. The Co-founder of the Cameroon Catalyst has also been winner of the NCE Graduate of the year 2011, finalist of the WISE excellence Award 2011 and IStructE Young Structural Engineer International Design Competition 2011. She religiously contributes to the industry as part of the Institutional board representative for IStructE and Green Construction Board promotional working group, Imagineering, WSP Launchpad school engagement scheme and STEMnet ambassador.
Claire Gott has all the qualities for being the role model for the coming generation and therefore the best person to ask all the right questions. That’s exactly what I did.
Helping lead the Cameroon Catalyst team to successfully deliver the medical and educational center in Bambouti, Cameroon in 2010 and seeing the continued positive impact that the charity is still having on the lives of hundreds of villagers.
From the age of 16, when I helped rebuild an orphanage in Tanzania, I decided that I wanted a career where I could make a difference and I grabbed every opportunity presented to me to gain a better understanding of how I could achieve this.
My appointment on the Green Construction Board Promotional Working group last year made me realise that there are a great number of role models in our industry who are pushing the boundaries and trying to make a difference and I am privileged to sit alongside them and learn from them.
I flew out to Cameroon last August to review the last three projects that we (Cameroon Catalyst) have constructed. I am now working alongside Architecture Sans Frontieres who will be accompanying us to help assess the positive impact of our contribution within Cameroon and help identify where we should focus our efforts next.
It’s not just about technical skills anymore; clients want more value for their money, and so young engineers are learning that the development of management and communication skills and an understanding of the commercial aspects are just as important.
The industry has more of a focus on exploring and applying sustainable concepts and technologies to tackle the problems associated with energy consumption and carbon emissions in the built environment. However, our challenge for the future and something we must address soon is how we use and promote these developments to achieve greater harmony between the natural and built environments on a global scale for all parties involved.
Make the most of every opportunity that is thrown your way; you never know how it may impact your career for the better, and don’t be afraid to talk about your achievements; companies are looking for confident and passionate engineers.
It’s amazing how through simple communication we can learn from others. I wish good luck to Claire for her future plans and many more achievements.
Engineering is an interesting field – we engineers are even more interesting. Creative… Always seeking new challenges… Solving problems…
We have the ability to Engineer futures. So keep your hopes high.
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