Celebrating Women in Engineering – International Women's Day 2019

Lisa O'Neill 07.03.2019

This week we are celebrating all things Engineering, not only is it Engineers Week 2019, but on Friday of this week, the 8th of March, it is International Women’s Day.

A perfect fit to encourage more women to take the leap in to Engineering.

When I entered the world of recruitment and Morgan McKinley I was asked to recruit on the Engineering Desk, I was very much delving into the unknown! I went to an all-girls secondary school with no focus on engineering or technology, so I decided the only way to learn, was to pick up the phone and speak to my candidates. I specialise in the area of Maintenance and Facilities and the majority of the people I speak to have two things in common:

  1. They love their job, they have the opportunity to be hands on or desk based or both
  2. The majority are male

While the numbers of female engineers is steadily growing, less than 25% of the 120,000+ people working in STEM-related professions in Ireland are women, this article from Engineers Ireland gives an interesting insight into this figure and the barriers in women taking on courses to lead them to securing jobs in what is statistically a male dominated industry.

Alice Perry was the first female in Ireland and Europe to graduate with an engineering degree, read her story HERE. A Galway woman that obtained first class honours in 1906. Alice initially began her third level journey as an Arts student and following on from outstanding Maths results she made the change to Engineering. This was the beginning of the shattering of glass ceilings! 

So, you are looking to start a career in Engineering, where do you start? Waterford Institute of Technology , CIT and DIT all offer a wide range of courses. 

If you are trade qualified and looking to upskill, SOLAS offer a range of full time, part time, online and evening courses across varying areas of engineering. 

If you wish to have a discussion about any of the open roles, permanent or contract across all areas of Engineering, you can apply directly or reach out to a member of Engineering Team and we would be delighted to speak to you.

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