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Women in Engineering: career event report

20th October 2014

Some 250 second-level schoolgirls attended 'Engineering Your Future', a Women in Engineering career event in Dublin Castle on 8th October.

Organised by the Engineers Ireland STEPS team, the event saw Second and Third Year female students, teachers, and parents come together to meet engineers who are passionate about their profession. Students came from 29 schools around Leinster to interact with 55 volunteer engineers in the Printworks Conference Centre at Dublin Castle.

Read media coverage of the event on Silicon Republic.

Following a keynote address by Engineers Ireland president and Fujitsu Ireland CEO Regina Moran, the students heard career stories from a panel of 4 women engineers: engineer and performer Niamh Shaw, Chartered Engineers Edel and Lourda Casserly, and PhD candidate Laura Tobin. (Read speaker bios here)

Highlights from the speakers were captured live at the event in a series of infographics. Here's a sample, and you can see all of them here.


 
After the presentations, volunteer engineers from various engineering disciplines visited small groups of students at round tables, to answer questions about engineering and to talk about their own career journeys. Students were encouraged to record their thoughts during these sessions by writing on paper tablecloths.

After the roundtables, students took part in making a stop-motion video on the theme of 'Why I would choose engineering as a career'. (They were also invited to record their thoughts on why they wouldn't choose engineering.) Check out the video here:


 

Feedback from the volunteer engineers who took part has been very positive. Here's a sample of what they said:
  • "Best career event I have ever attended"
  • "I really enjoyed the event and believe it was a great opportunity for students to get an idea of who works in engineering"
  • "I loved the format and I heard some great feedback from the girls"
 
Photos from the event are available on the Engineers Ireland Facebook page.