International Women in Engineering
To mark International Women in Engineering Day we took the opportunity to catch up with a number of our female engineers for a chat about their experiences in the occupation and to get their views on the industry and hear a bit about their journey to date.
Pabita Basnet joined Quickway in 2019 and has been working in our Transport Infrastructure division. Here’s some of what she had to say:
“I was very nervous about working in such a male dominated industry with little to no experience in construction, however I was fortunate enough to find an organisation that valued learning and provided me with learning opportunities without being judged. My managers became my mentors, and my colleagues were all friendly and supportive. With time, all the initial doubts and fears I had disappeared, and I found my place within the industry. I have now been working as a site engineer for over two years on various projects, involving road and tunnel works. Looking back, I am glad of the decisions I have made which led me here and I would not change a thing.”
Karn Suwanrit also joined Quickway in 2019, initially as an Undergraduate Engineer and is currently working in our Utilities Infrastructure division.
“Starting up in this field was a challenge as there was even more to offer and to understand in this field than I ever imagined. Since joining Quickway 2 years ago, I continue to learn new things every day with the help of friendly and knowledgeable engineers and site crew. With the balance of on-site and in-office works, there’s never a dull moment. It has been an eye-opening experience that has led to many possibilities. I was amazed at the support that I got from colleagues and the industry which offers programs such as Women in Civil (which pairs mentors with mentees according to short-term and long-term goals in their career). It has been a great journey being an engineer and I would definitely recommend any young female that is considering this career path to go for it.”
Olivia Tawdrous joined Quickway earlier this year and has also working in our Utilities Infrastructure division.
“I’ve been in the construction industry for around four years now and I’ve never really felt like I was treated different. There’s always the occasional person that makes it more difficult, but so far at Quickway, I’ve only come across people that treat me the same as any other engineer, which is all I expect from others. Although it is true that there are less females engineers in the industry, it has never personally affected me from getting my job done or from being able to make friendships, or get along with my colleagues and team.”
At Quickway we would like to take the opportunity to recognise the great efforts and contributions by our current female engineers, who we know are destined to be leaders within our industry in the near future.