CAFEW Inspiration: Interview with Adeola D. Olubamiji, Ph.D.

How did your journey to study Engineering begin? What inspired you initially?

After obtaining a B.Sc. in Physics / Electronics, I discussed about Medical Physics and its potentials with one of my physicist friends. I further researched about Medical Physics on my own later and found out that it was one of the branches of Biomedical Engineering. As a result, I applied to Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland for a MSc. in Biomedical Engineering.

What does your family feel about your profession? 

I think they are happy for me.

Are you a member of the CAFEW facebook group? If so, for how long and 

active are you in the group?

I was added to CAFEW facebook group a few weeks ago. Regarding being active, I will say that I am in-between, as I do not know the yardstick used to measure how active people are in the group.

How has CAFEW contributed positively to your social and professional life? Please advice on areas of improvement. 

Networking is key and we all sure need one another. Therefore, the initiative is an excellent one. I like the conference postings and the inspiring stories regularly posted. I think we can do more than just been in the group. Since games are often posted, I will suggest a game centered around introducing ourselves: professions, locations, suggestions, and interests.

What were your challenges in securing a job? What tips do you have to

encourage others in job search?

Challenges: I was tagged “over-qualified” for industry jobs because I have a Ph.D. In addition, lack of Canadian Experience and obtaining 2 of my 3 degrees from elsewhere were often pointed out as setbacks. Excuses such as recession hitting hard and academia being the only career path for Ph.D. holders were echoed loud.

Tips to weather the storm

–       Alongside the general job search, ensure to search for hidden or unadvertised jobs

–       Utilize employment agencies to boost your chance of securing that good job.

–       Do not hesitate to start small, as the 6 figures jobs might not be the first one you will secure.

–       Get your professional certification journey started, as its in fact an icing on the cake.

–       Attend those minority conferences to expand your network and secure a job with the top players (Fortune 500). PS: Society of Women Engineers will be hosting their annual conference in Austin Texas sometimes in October.

–       Lastly, apply! apply!! apply!!!

How best would you suggest young female engineers navigate their careers?

Never succumb to self-pity nor second-guess your competence. You must do your job as a human and strive to be the best at all times. The only time you are allowed to assume the female role is when you need a reminder of who you are as the ambassador and representative of all of us.

How did you deal with the technical knowledge disparity that happens amongst females in engineering roles?

There are two sides to every coin: I have seen females excel brilliantly and I have also seen females loose. I chose to be blind to the side of technical knowledge disparity and it doesn’t exist in my world.

What currently motivates you in your recent job?

Being the only black engineer and the only female engineer in my division at work is my biggest motivation.

What does work life balance mean to you?

I do my best to set goals and set my priorities.

What are your expectations on the evolution of Engineering in the near future?

Digitization of manufacturing (industry 4.0) is causing disruption in the manufacturing industry. Although additive manufacturing / 3D-printing has continued to revolutionize metal and polymeric manufacturing, I am looking forward to the realization of 4D printing with smart materials and all the innovation that will accompany it.

What do you wish you could have done better? What advice would you give your younger self and why?

Dear younger-self, trust your struggle, keep calm and enjoy the journey.

Provide a personal quote to motivate others.

Quote: Go Hard or Go home.

 

 

CAFEW is happy to celebrate, encourage, and motivate Female Engineers and other Females who enable success in Engineering.

“Talent is unique to each person so it is highly necessary to nurture it. Dream big, work hard consistently, develop skills continuously, volunteer, read & research always to increase your knowledge bank and most of all pray always.” – Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW founder

 

 

 

CAFEW Inspiration: Interview with Sinead Deeney

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Sinead Deeney, Project Manager & Civil Engineer, Australia

How did your journey to study Engineering begin? What inspired you initially?

My journey into Engineering began with my interest in my fathers work. He worked within the construction industry as a crane operator and he used to bring me along with him to work which I loved. I was always keen to see what he was doing and what he was building.

Following this I went ahead and did a Diploma in Building Studies to determine if construction was the field I wished to pursue. This cover all disciplines of engineering, surveying and construction law, which soon allowed me to chose which I preferred.

This is when I proceeded to university where I studied Engineering. I love buildings, structures and it was actually the Burj Al Arab that caught my heart and interest to want to be apart of something that iconic and unique someday.

 What does your family feel about your profession?

My family are very supportive of my profession and proud. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I have amazing parents that helped me in any way they could through my studies and until this day in my profession. I also am lucky to have a partner that supports me in everything I do especially my profession. If I ever have any doubt in myself my family ensure it is not there for long.

 Are you a member of the CAFEW facebook group? If so, for how long and active are you in the group?

I will be added as a new member soon.

What were your challenges in securing a job? What tips do you have to encourage others in job search?

Challenges I faced where being discouraged in my abilities. The first company I worked for was a small company who had a director that did not believe women belonged in the engineering profession.

I constantly had to answer for any of the issues that came about due to the male engineers and could do no right. The harder I worked the more negativity I received.

I am lucky to work for WSP at present who promote women in our profession and support them to the best of there ability. The strive to break  the barrier and create equality between men and women in our profession.

My tips would be never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough or cant do something. If you want something enough it is always possible. Never settle for an employer who does not see your ability and what you have to offer.

How best would you suggest young female engineers navigate their careers?

My biggest piece of advice is to aim high. You need to have high goals but also need to be willing to start at the bottom and put in the hard work to get to where you want to be. Be humble in doing so and never forget to help others in years to come who are trying to do the same as you once did.

How did you deal with the technical knowledge disparity that happens amongst females in engineering roles?

I think this is a very stigmatic label for our industry. Women do get treated like they have a knowledge gap compared to men but this is not the case. There are many female engineers I know that would put any man to same with there technical ability.

You just have to believe in what you know and constantly learn and grow your knowledge to keep up with the moving world and technology.

What currently motivates you in your recent job?

I love what I do and I do it in a great environment. For me motivation is very easy because of the simple love in what I do and I enjoy the new tasks each day sets me.

I also get great motivation from my company, they support me as an employee and apricate the work I do for them.

I have a personal goal to develop myself to achieve certain milestones and standards. I want to make my family proud and I also want to give back to my company for having belief in me and supporting me.

 What does work life balance mean to you?

It is very important, if you do not balance work and still maintain personal time if can drastically effect both your work and personal life.

I go to the gym every morning before work which is very therapeutic for me. I usually have industry commitments Mon – Thur evenings but I always make sure the weekends are my own.

What are your expectations on the evolution of Engineering in the near future?

I believe engineering will get very interesting in the future in relation to the technologies that are evolving. It is a space to watch and get excited about.

What do you wish you could have done better? What advice would you give your younger self and why?

I wish I had of got a little industry experience when I was going through university. It would have made studying a little easier as you would have had a better understanding of it. I also believe it gives you a little head start in your working profession.

Provide a personal quote to motivate others.

In the end it doesn’t matter how many breathes you take, but the moments that take your breath away.

 

 

CAFEW is happy to celebrate, encourage, and motivate Female Engineers and other Females who enable success in Engineering.

“Talent is unique to each person so it is highly necessary to nurture it. Dream big, work hard consistently, develop skills continuously, volunteer, read & research always to increase your knowledge bank and most of all pray always.” – Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW founder

CAFEW Inspiration: Interview with Mavis Rowland

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Mavis Rowland, Chartered Engineer UK

How did your journey to study Engineering begin? What inspired you initially?

My Dad is an Engineer , He Inspired me.

What does your family feel about your profession? 

They are always pleased and I guess really proud of how far I have come.

 

Are you a member of the CAFEW facebook group? If so, for how long and active are you in the group?

Yes , Less than a year. Not always active, though trying my best, with 4 kids and a full time engineer , I hardly do. But I get involved once in a while.

 

How has CAFEW contributed positively to your social and professional life? Please advice on areas of improvement. 

I think it is very informative and I get more inspired knowing there are great women all over the world.

 

What were your challenges in securing a job? What tips do you have to encourage others in job search?

Job search was a very tight one for me, I applied almost every day, I kept my mind busy with part time jobs caring for adults and kids, this gave me so much hope that I had all it took to become what I am now. So I pressed on despite the challenges (like people telling you off and looking down at you because you had not been blessed with job yet etc…) it was really bad. But my advice to you is that never give up! Once you get in, you will climb so easily and recover lost years quicker than you can imagine.

 

How best would you suggest young female engineers navigate their careers?

Female engineers should keep an open mind and grab all opportunities that comes their way.

 

How did you deal with the technical knowledge disparity that happens amongst females in engineering roles?

There will be lots. I just developed  a great working relationship with other professional, where I easily solve any issue that may arrive.

 

What currently motivates you in your recent job?

My job is very sensitive and exciting. (sorry not allowed to speak)

 

What does work life balance mean to you?

It means so much to me, I am glad my company favours me so much in balancing my life with big family.

 

What are your expectations on the evolution of Engineering in the near future?

I want to see many more automated systems. Automation is all around us and it will further spread, Automation technology has significantly improved in recent years .Technological advances often appeared to take away jobs, yes, but in the long run they led to more jobs.

What do you wish you could have done better? What advice would you give your younger self and why?

I think I would’ve been an apprentice first before going to university to study engineering . It would’ve been much better to under the tools and handle the tools so you would be more confident in managing the guys on the tools.

Provide a personal quote to motivate others.

Never Give Up No Matter What They Say to you : There are many negative people out there to turn you off. But focus. Good things don’t come easily. Bless Up!

 

 

CAFEW is happy to celebrate, encourage, and motivate Female Engineers and other Females who enable success in Engineering.

“Talent is unique to each person so it is highly necessary to nurture it. Dream big, work hard consistently, develop skills continuously, volunteer, read & research always to increase your knowledge bank and most of all pray always.” – Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW founder

 

 

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