What is your advice to girls and women about working in non-traditional roles/ industries?
Have a go – have fun. It’s ok to ask for work-life flexibility – there are many more companies able to accommodate this now. Engineering opens the doors to a wide range of careers, and it’s a solid base from which you can do a variety of other roles.
How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?
I started as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry. Engineering was not something I had considered as a career until year 11, when my mum saw something on TV and suggested I find out more. I went to an ‘engineering winter school’ and decided that it was the only possible career for me – and the only choice then was what type of engineering.
Did you know about the industry you now work in before you started?
What do you love most about your role?
The opportunity to help local businesses grow.
Were there hobbies or interests that influenced your career?
What are some things that helped in your career?
Curiosity and a willingness to learn new skills, asking questions.
What or who has influenced your career pathway?
My mother, and my strong interest in science and maths.
In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at
Maths and science (physics and chemistry).
What did you want to be or do when you left school? How does this compare with where you are now? If you realised a different vision, how did this come about?
I decided to study engineering when I left school and thought I would always work as a traditional engineer. However, when the Mobil Adelaide Refinery shut down, I needed to look elsewhere for work, and with young children, I needed a more flexible career. This led to various roles in government – regulation, policy and economic development.
What type of qualifications did you study?
- Bachelor Engineering Chemical
- Bachelor Commerce
What are the types of roles you’ve had?
- Process Engineer
- Production Planner
- Environmental Adviser
- Policy Officer
- Case Manager
- Supply Chain Manager
Lastly, how are you making your own mark?
Helping local businesses grow.