Women in Engineering - STEM event
Added 30 Jan 2023
Yusra Gulzar attended "Girls, Change the World" event at University of Birmingham
Yusra Gulzar is a Graduate Process Engineer working out of the Engenda Cleckheaton office. As a recent graduate, Yusra has blazed a trail for others who wish to follow in her footsteps. It was no surprise that her Alma Mater, the University of Birmingham, invited Yusra back to take part in a project to reach high school girls who are considering a career in Engineering.
In 2022 just 12% of Engenda's team were women, a statistic representative of the Engineering and Construction Industry. Engineering UK reported that across all engineering roles in 2021, only 16.5% were held by women. There is still a lot of work to be done to attract and retain women in engineering.
"Growing up, my interest in engineering was strengthened by female role models"
Yusra has said of the event
"I had the opportunity to take part in ‘Girls, Change the World’ outreach day presented to Year 9 girls, at the University of Birmingham as an alumni to showcase the importance of 'Women in Engineering' and my experience of being a woman in STEM. Growing up, my interest in engineering was strengthened by female role models so this technique of encouragement is something I value; and it is always good to give back. By sharing my own experiences, obstacles and achievements, others will see engineering as a rewarding career choice".
Asked for her advice to women and girls considering a career in engineering, Yusra said,
"My advice to other women is to ignore any stigma surrounding the profession, be confident in what you do and adopt a ‘can do’ attitude. Don’t be afraid of taking risks, put yourself out there for opportunities. and to embrace challenges as they ultimately help in discovering your inner strength".