National Women in Engineering Day

Joely Hill explains why Transport Planning isn't just for men.

Today is about changing perceptions and encouraging more girls/women to get involved in the engineering sector. We need to get rid of the stigma that is attached with engineering - a sector that is predominantly thought of as for men.

Of the people on my MSc course (Transport Planning and Engineering at Southampton University) half the class were female - the highest proportion since the course began (in 1969) apparently! Also, of the four graduates DHA have taken on in the transport team in the last year or so, half are female. I think both of these really show how times are changing in our industry.

What's great about my job is that everyday is different. I love how diverse it is; I use a number of skills on a daily basis: creativity by suggesting design ideas; analytical skills with data; technical skills by providing advice in written reports.

I also love that I get to work on a number of large scale projects at once, which makes it really varied and interesting. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing something you've contributed to become a successful place where people live, work or socialise.

The sector is so diverse and new technologies are making it really interesting. I can't wait to see what the future holds and how we as engineers can change the world we live in for the better (and for future generations).

We need to raise the profile of women in engineering and look at all of the amazing career opportunities the sector provides. Engineering is not just for men!

Joely Hill, Transport Planner


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