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What is the best advice that you have for women hoping to excel in the engineering field?

Updated Marietta, Georgia

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Katie’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

Hi Rosa!

I would suggest getting involved in peer groups. There are all sorts of women in tech clubs and groups you can join that will give you access to people who have the same career path as you! A great place to start is "Girls in Tech", follow them on LinkedIn and learn how and where to get involved!

Good luck!


Consuelo’s Answer


I would say, don't think about it too much. You WILL run into people that try to put you down because you're a woman... but that's really not as often as you'd think. Most people you'll interact with are nice people. In school you'll form a camaraderie between classmates because school is difficult. Then in the workforce there are more and more women going into engineering everyday, you won't be alone. Basically, just try your best, be confident, and don't let people tell you you can't. Because you can! I am happily working in Aerospace with no problems. If you do run into problems, don't take it personally, and move on. If you know you can do it, then that's all that matters :) Good luck!

Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas

I don't know the engineering field. As a woman who entered law enforcement in 1984, and successfully made a career of it, I think the thing that helped me the most was to stop thinking of myself as "a woman in law enforcement," and simply see myself as " a police officer." When people need an officer, or an engineer, it does not matter if it is a man or a woman. What matters is their skillset. That being said, always be the best you can possibly be, because, unfortunately, any time a woman enters a nontraditional field, people will judge all women by that one person. They will say, "see, that's why women should not be cops." Don't be "that woman." We need you to lead the way!

Best of luck!


Javeria’s Answer

Updated Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Be yourself and keep focus on your goal. Donot stop as there are many industries which donot hire women for service engineer but keep your eyes on your goal and on what you have to do.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Congratulations on being interested in becoming an engineer. It takes a special person to enter this field and meet the demands which this career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make engineers successful. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow engineers to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside.  

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
  • Here are some links that will help you to learn more about the wide ranging area of engineering: ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ ## ## http://www.futureengineers.org/ ## ## https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM ## ## http://stemtosteam.org/ ## ## https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/undergraduate-students/engineering-still-needs-more-women ##

Guisella’s Answer


The best advice I can give you is never accept "No" for an answer. As a women in a field dominated by men you will hear more often than not the words "No" or "you can't do it" so I challenge you to get out there and show them you can. Because, You can do it!

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