June 23rd marked International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). This day is recognised across the world as a day to celebrate the accomplishments of female engineers and to raise awareness of what the Engineering industry could offer to all aspiring women engineers. The theme for 2019 was #TransformTheFuture.
While the number of female engineers is increasing, less than 25% of the 120,000+ people working in STEM-related professions in Ireland are women. Engineers Ireland gives an interesting insight into this figure and highlights the career path barriers for women in this male dominated industry.
Despite this historical gender gap, Biopharma Engineering are privileged to have so many inspiring female engineering leaders as part of our organisation that are constantly driving BPE forward. BioPharma Engineering want to inspire more women to enter the industry and are delighted to be celebrating our female engineers and promoting engineering as a career choice this International Women’s in Engineering Day. Some of our female engineers share their career journey and offer their advice to females considering an engineering career.
Eimear O’Sullivan, has been a Process Engineer for over 20 years:
“I initially entered the engineering industry due to an affinity for science subjects and maths. It seemed to me like a flexible career choice, where one can diversify into a huge range of industries. The Industry is ever-changing and with huge money being invested in research and development of new drugs, new methods and new technology. It is important to choose a field that interests you the most because the learning doesn’t end after your degree. As an engineer, you need to constantly educate yourself in order to innovate the industry. Ask questions to those with experience. This will take you out of your comfort zone and will enable you to continually develop and learn.”
Eilish Whelan, the face of Biopharma Engineering has been a Process Engineer for over 15 Years:
“I realised quite early in my school years that I wanted to become an engineer primarily because I loved maths and science in school. From there I completed a process engineering degree in Cork Institute of Technology and then moved to Australia where I worked as an engineer for a number of years before moving back to Ireland. I’d advise those looking to follow a similar path to try and get work experience in an engineering environment and to choose courses and colleges with strong links to industry.”